- Made his screen debut in the Telugu film Siva (1989).
- His actual surname is Nagulapati, not J.D. - it was given to him due to his character's name in his debut role in Siva.
- For his performance in Satya (1998) he won the Screen Award Special Jury Award.
- Entered into direction with Dhurga (2002), a remake of the Telugu film Soori (2001).