Famous as both a Bollywood actress and a playback singer, she won a Filmfare Best Female Playback Award for her work in the 1982 film Nikaah and went on to star in Salma (1985), Paanch Fauladi (1988), Gehra Raaz (1996) and numerous other Indian films.
She made her cinematic debut in the 1981 feature Jwala Daku.
Born in London, England, to a Pakistani family, she was raised in the Islamic faith.
Her marriage to Pakistani squash player Rahmat Khan produced a badminton player son named Liaqat Ali Khan and an actress and singer daughter named
She co-starred with Rajesh Khanna in the 1985 movie Oonche Log.