Known for her performances in such 1970s Telugu films as Adavi Ramudu, Anthuleni Katha, and Siri Siri Muvva, this popular actress went on to win a Filmfare Award for her role in the 1983 movie Sagara Sangamam. Also a politician, she served in the Indian Lok Sabha as a member of the Samajwadi Party.
During her teenage years, she had the opportunity to dance in a Telugu movie titled Bhoomi Kosam. This appearance led to starring roles in such Telugu and Kannada films as, respectively, Seetha Kalyanam and Sanadi Appanna.
She appeared in her first Hindi-speaking role in the 1982, K. Vishwanath-directed film Kaamchor.
In the mid 1980s, she stirred controversy by marrying an already-married film producer named Srikant Nahata.
She co-starred with Mammooty in the 1985 Malayalam movie Iniyum Katha Thudarum.