Director and producer of Bollywood and Telugu films, including Siva, Satya, and Company.
He briefly worked as an engineer in Hyderabad before venturing into Bollywood.
His best-known films, Satya, Company, and D, formed what some called an Indian Gangster trilogy with Satya itself considered a classic.
He was born in Hyderabad, India.
His films Company and D were cited by Danny Boyle, director of Slumdog Millionaire, as inspirations for Boyle's Academy Award-winning film.