- Won the National Film Award for Karthavyam (1991).
- A winner of five Filmfare Best Actress Awards in Telugu.
- Has received four Nandi Awards.
- In 2003 she was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Founded her own political party Talli Telangana, which later merged in Telangana Rashtra Samithi.
- Following a dispute with TRS leaders, she joined the Indian National Congress party in 2014.