He portrayed Gabbar Singh in the 1975 classic film, Sholay, which was nominated for a Filmfare Award. He received additional recognition for his portrayal of Dilawar in the 1978 film, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar.
He appeared in the film Ab Dilli Dur Nahin when he was 17.
He directed and starred in the film, Chor Police.
He had three children with Shehla Khan, whom he married in 1972.
He was in the film, In Custody with Om Puri.