Indian star of Yatra, Khubsoorat, Umrao Jaan, and other popular Hindi films. At the 2012 IIFA Awards, she was named the "Queen of Indian Cinema."
She first appeared as a child actress in a 1966 Telugu film called Rangula Ratnam.
The media compared her to legendary actress Greta Garbo.
Her parents, Gemini Ganesan and Pushpavalli, were both well-known film actors. She was married to Mukesh Agarwal from 1990 until his death in 1991.
She starred in director Mira Nair's Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love.