Sujata started her acting career by participating in Gujarati stage plays wherein she played small cameos and, on sheer hardwork and perseverance, graduated to playing lead roles.
Her first big break came in N. Chandra's social film Pratighat (1987), where she played a college teacher who is stripped naked in public by gangsters. The role was originally essayed by Viajyashanthi in the Telugu film Pratighatna(1986). Sujata was noticed and appreciated for her stellar performance in the film.
In her next film "Yateem" (1988), directed by J. P. Dutta, she played a lusty landlady who yearns for young men. Her performance in Yateem won her accolades and critical acclaim and also a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress nomination. Sujata did not confine herself to a certain image. She played all kind of roles irrespective of positive or negative. She stressed more on the scope she got to perform.
She was also seen in some other films like Tyaagi(1992),Aaaj ki Aurat(1993),Dhartiputra(1993),Hulchul(1995),Judge Mujrim(1997)and others.