Considered one of the most influential Hindi actresses to ever live, she first gained prominence in a heroine role in the 1952 film Baiju Bawra. Her role in the film earned her a Filmfare Best Actress Award win.
Some of her earliest work was for the films Farzand-e-Watan, Veer Ghatotkach, Alladin, and The Wonderful Lamp.
She died way too young at the age of 39 from liver cirrhosis.
She met Kamal Amrohi on the set of a film and married him in 1952.
She co-starred with the great Dilip Kumar in the 1955 film Azaad.