- Began his career working on Telugu soap operas, being mentored by K. Raghavendra Rao.
- Made his directorial debut with the coming of age musical Student No. 1 (2001).
- Received the Nandi Awards for Best Director for Magadheera (2009).
- Won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for his film Eega (2012).
- Directed the most expensive Telugu film of all time Beehubali (2015).