Prior to his debut in the film industry, he is also into writing, playwright, stage plays and shows. During the 80s and 90s, Giri acted as a natural hero or a villain, who entertained the Telugu audience for quite too long. He is notable for the rape scenes he portrays convincingly. He successfully produced and helmed films like Indrajeeth (which stars Bose Babu), Simha Garjana, Merupu Daadi (which stars Suman), Ranarangam and Nee Sukhame Ne Koruthunna.
From villain roles, Giri shifted to doing character roles by the end of 1990s. He was seen as the father of the hero or heroine, a friend or a good uncle in films like
, Gilli Khajalu, Aavida Maa Aavide, Swayamvaram and more.Some of his films are Kurukshetram, Devathalara Deevinchandi, Naa Illu Naa Vaalu, Mundadugu, Merupu Dadi, Jackie,
, Prema & Co.,
, Brahmachari Mogudu, Sisindri, Little Soldiers, Raa, Nuvve Kavali, Fools, Mr and Mrs Sailaja Krishna Murthy, Athadu, Okkadunnadu, Classmates, Krishna and a lot more.