1985 - Filmfare Award - Best Actress for Bhavna (1984)
1984 - Filmfare Award - Best Actress for Arth (1982)
1978 - Filmfare Award - Best Actress for Swami (1977)
National Film Awards, India 1999 - Silver Lotus Award - Best Actress for Godmother (1999)
1985 - Silver Lotus Award - Best Actress for Paar (1984)
1984 - Silver Lotus Award - Best Actress for Khandhar (1984)
1983 - Silver Lotus Award - Best Actress for Arth (1982)
1975 - Silver Lotus Award - Best Actress for Ankur (The Seedling) (1974)
International awards 1993 - Best Actress award for Libaas in North Korea
1994 - Best Actress award for Gautam Ghose’s Patang at the Taormina Arte Festival in Italy
1996 - Best Actress award for Fire at the Chicago International Film Festival
1996 - Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film, for Fire in L.A. Outfest
Screen Weekly Awards 2005 - Screen - Best Performance in an Indian Film in English for: Morning Raga (2004)
1998 - Screen - Best Supporting Actress for The Death Sentence: Mrityu Dand (1997)
Zee Cine Awards 2004 - Popular Award - Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Tehzeeb (2003)
Other awards 1988 - Awarded the Padma Shri from the government of India.
1988 - Yash Bhartiya Award by the Government of Uttar Pradesh for highlighting women’s issues in her work as an actress and activist.
1994 - Rajiv Gandhi Award for "Excellence of Secularism"
1998 - Was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund.
1999 - Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards, Best Actress for Godmother.
2006 - Gandhi International Peace Award, awarded by Gandhi Foundation, London.
International Awards for Best Actress for Gulzar’s Libaas in North Korea (1993), for Gautam Ghose’s Patang at the Taormina Arte Festival (1994) in Italy, and for Deepa Mehta’s Fire at the Chicago International Film Festival (1996). She was honoured with the coveted World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award
She was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Art by Chancellor of the University Brandan Foster by the Leeds Metropolitan University in Yorkshire
Since 1989, she has been a member of the National Integration Council headed by the Prime Minister of India; a member of National AIDS Commission (of India); and was nominated (in 1997) as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament. The United Nations Population Fund appointed her as its goodwill Ambassador for India, and the University of Michigan conferred (in 2002) on her the Martin Luther King Professorship award in recognition of her contribution to arts, culture and society.