- Never received formal education, as she and her sister were forced to start acting in films by their parents at a very early age.
- Became famous after playing little Raju in the film Chirag Kahan, Roshni Kahan (1959).
- Got married to Javed Akhtar at the age of 18, after which she quit working to take care of her family.
- Lamhe (1991) was her first movie as a screenwriter.
- Made her debut as a movie director with Armaan (2003).