Born: 9 April 1948
- She is an Indian film actress and politician.
- She is currently the Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha from the Samajwadi Party, notably serving four terms since 2004.
- She is recognised as one of the finest Hindi film actresses of her time, particularly known for reinforcing a naturalistic style of acting in both mainstream and “middle-of-the-road” cinema.
- During her career, she won nine Filmfare Awards: including three for Best Actress and three for Best Supporting Actress, which makes her the overall most-awarded performer in the female acting categories, along with Nutan.
- She was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. In 1992, she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.
- She was first elected in 2004 as the Member of Parliament from the Samajwadi Party, representing Uttar Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha till March 2006.
- She got a second term from June 2006 till July 2010 and in February 2010 she stated her intent to complete her term.
- She was re-elected in 2012 for the third term and again in 2018 for her fourth term in the Rajya Sabha from Samajwadi Party.
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April 9, 2019