- Modeled for print advertisements before establishing an acting career.
- Made her acting debut in the Telugu film Evare Atagaadu (2002).
- Got her breakthrough with her performance in Paruthi Veeran(2007), for which she won the National Film Award and Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress.
- Has won Filmfare Best Actress Awards in three different languages: in Tamil for Paruthi Veeran (2007), in Malayalam for Thirakkatha(2008) and in Kannada for Chaarulatha (2012).
- Posed for a PETA advertising campaign to raise attention for animal mistreatment through caging.