- Appeared in over 350 films.
- Trained as a photographer before being introduced to acting through a chance encounter with a screenwriter.
- Awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.
- The Indian government awarded him the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award, in 2001, and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest award in cinema, in 2013.
- Acted alongside life-long friend Ashok Kumar in 27 films.