- Won the Filmfare Best Director Award (Telugu) in three different decades, for Gorintaku (1979), Prembhishekam (1981) and Osey Ramulamma (1997).
- Directed around 150 films - a Guinness World Record.
- Has been involved in several chariatable endeavours, including organising a cricket match in 1998 with Indian film stars which raised Rs. 3 crores in aid of the Cyclone relief fund.
- Was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award - South in 2001.
- Member of the Indian National Congress and has held the position of Minister of State in the Ministry of Mines and the Ministry of Coal.
- Founded the Telugu daily newspaper Udayam.