Although Srinivasa Raju is an Andhra descendant, he left Tollywood and earned fame and popularity for directing few well-known Kannada movies such as ‘Sangathi’ (2008), ‘Kote’ (2011), ‘Nannavanu’ (2010) and ‘
Dandupalya’ (2012). His first film ‘Sangathi' was a bad effort ffom him, except that the film had the best songs and a few good action scenes. The film boasted of good cinematography too.
The director did not keep close attention on the script and narration and the film suffered a lot in the right execution. It could be that the debutant director Srinivasa Raju was a novice then. But his interest in film direction was closely watched and the viewers liked the film although the critics panned it. His next effort was directing a movie ‘Nannavanu’ (2010) which was produced by Thulasi Gopal. The film received a negative response from viewers and critics and it had actors like
Aindrita Ray and ‘
Avinash’ in pivotal roles.
But his third effort proved luckier for him. ‘Kote’ was a triangular love story produced by ‘
Manjunath’ and GN Murthy. It had again Prajwal Devaraj in the lead male cast along with the talented new actress
Gayatri Rao. The film received mixed reviews. His fourth film 'Dandupalya' in Kannada language in the year 2012 received both commercial and critical acclaim and joined the club of the highest revenue making movies in 2012.
After the success of the Kannada version, the film was dubbed in three south Indian languages such as 'Dandupalyam' (Telugu), 'Karimedu' (Tamil) and ‘Kuruthikalam’ (Malayalam). After directing a series of Kannada movies, the director landed up in a controversy in retaining the title of a film for stars ‘Upendra’ and ‘
Ragini’. His first title of the movie was ‘Bsavanna’ which was changed to ‘
Brahmana’. It may be noted that Kannada superhit movie ‘
Shivam’ (2015) is being dubbed now in Telugu with title ‘Brahmana’. ‘Shivam’ was a 2015 Kannada action thriller film, written and directed by Srinivasa Raju.