- Debuted in Dev Anand's Prem Pujari (1970).
- Was Union Cabinet Minister of Health and Family Welfare (2003-2004) and Shipping (2004).
- Elected to the 15th and 16th Lok Sabha in 2009 and 2014.
- Acted as judge on The Great Indian Laughter Challenge show in 2008.
- Has been nominated for a total of four Filmfare Awards, although he is yet to win one.