Why: The director received critical acclaim with Palasa 1978, which talked about caste-based oppression beyond a black and white binary. But it was during the lockdown that people truly started to take notice of the well-made film with big names, including Allu Arjun, bringing more attention to the underrated film. Set in Palasa of Srikakulam district in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, the film brilliantly placed two brothers from the marginalised community in the midst of caste-based politics to reveal what it does to their lives.
His 100th film, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, was a massive box office success
With Paatal Lok, he disrupted the notion that the lead role can only be played by a star
His Hindi film Kastoori disrupts the idea of a message movie
Starred and co-wrote Avane Srimannarayana, a one-of-a-kind masala Kannada movie