- Made his directorial debut with Babu (1975), a love story starring Sobhan Babu and Vanisri.
- Received two Nandi Awards each for Pelli Sandadi (1996) and Annamayya (1998) - both times for Best Director and also in the Best Choreographer and Best Feature Film category, respectively.
- Was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award - South in 2002.
- In 2009 he was awarded the B.N. Reddy National Award for his lifetime achievements in Indian cinema.
- Is a member of the Annapurna International School of Film and Media advisory board.