- Starred in more than 180 films in a career spanning over 40 years.
- Debuted as a child actress in the Telugu film Rangula Ratnam (1966), but made her lead debut in Sawan Bhadon (1970).
- Won the National Film Best Actress award for her performance in Umrao Jaan (1981).
- Two-time recipient of the Filmfare Best Actress Award - for Khubsoorat (1980) and Khoon Bhari Maang (1988).
- Awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award, in 2010.