She began her career as a child actress in M.A. Thirumugham’s devotional Thunaivan when she was four.
In 1975, she made her Bollywood debut as a child artist in Julie and gained breakthrough the following year for her role in the Tamil film Moondru Mudichu.
She made her Bollywood debut as a lead actress in the 1978 film Solva Sawan, and gained wider recognition in the 1983 film Himmatwala.
In 2013, she was awarded by the Government of India the Padma Shri.