Famous for her role as Sulochana on the popular Indian television series Buniyaad, she is also known for her work in Bollywood films such as Jaan-E-Mann (2006); Gumrah (1993); Sadak (1991); and Saaransh (1984).
At the start of her acting career, she appeared in a Hindi stage production of No Exit and in a British staging of The Collector.
She directed the 2005 Hindi feature film Nazar.
She was born in Birmingham, England, to an Indian father named N. Razdan and a German mother named Gertrude Hoelzer. Her marriage to Indian director, producer, and screenwriter Mahesh Bhatt produced a daughters Alia Bhatt and Shaheen Bhatt.
She and Randeep Hooda were both in the cast of the popular 2001 film Monsoon Wedding.