- Made her acting debut in Abodh (1984).
- Four-time winner of the Filmfare Best Actress award, out of a total of 13 nominations - a record.
- Festured as a talent judge on four seasons of dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
- Awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award, in 2008.
- Lived in Denver, USA, for ten years, but returned to India in 2011.
- Was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2014.
- A trained Kathak dancer
- Has made several donations to charities and is a public supporter of the fight against cancer.