She is an internationally renowned film actress (having worked in over 140 Indian and several international films) and a former MP. She is the Chairperson of the Governing Board of Action Aid India. She heads the Mijwan Welfare Society, an NGO that works for empowerment of the girl child in rural India. As chairperson of Niwara Hakk she has courted arrest and undertaken a five-day hunger strike for the rights of evicted slum dwellers in Mumbai. She is a winner of the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos along with Michael Douglas, and recipient of the International Gandhi Peace Price.