Narayan started his career as a director with the romance Chaitrada Premanjali. And now he is known for his skills as a Kannada actor, director, writer, producer, music composer, etc. Chaitrada Premanjali was a very successful film and after that, he directed many more blockbuster hit movies in Kannada. He tried almost all the branches and was successful in every face. The best one remembered by people is his acting skills. Narayan is now one of the most successful directors in Kannada film industry. He is the second director in the industry to work with actor Rajkumar and his three sons.
His debut film as a director was in 1992. After that, he usually has, at least, one release in a year. He directed himself in 1994, in the film Megha Maale, where he played a supporting role. Later he directed himself in many other hits. "Veerappa Nayaka" and "Suryavamsha" are one of his directed flicks with Dr. Vishnuvardhan as the main lead. He directed Dr. Rajkumar in his movie "Shabdavedhi" and that turned out to be a great success. In 2006, Narayan introduced his son Pankaaj as a child artist but to his bad luck, it didn't work out much.
One of his hits “Cheluvina Chittara” was in a big conflict because of its main lead actress Amoolya. This movie invited lots of criticism by everyone because of her age. The same year, Narayan had issues with actor Vijay over a dubbing issue for the movie "Chanda" and it caused a year-long ban to be imposed on Vijay. The issue was sorted out with the intervention of veteran actor Ambarish but resulted in the actor vowing never to work with Narayan again. Narayan took on the lead role for the first time in the HN Shankar film, “Oho”.
He later directed himself in the lead roles for "Tayee Kotta Seere" and "Bhama Satyabhama." He was cherished a lot for his comic role in his self-directed movie, and so he continued that comic role in his other movies too. Narayan will next be seen in director SV Rajendra Singh Babu 's "Thipparalliya Tharlegalu" alongside Ambareesh and director
Om Prakash Rao. Narayan is even a very famous Kannada daily soap director. He directed many of them such as "Bhageerati," " Ambika" and "Sumati." People and industry wish to see him grow even more successful in life.