Srinivasa Murthy is one of the finest actors in the Kannada film industry who has earned a stature as the most dependable artist. Known for his graceful acting, Srinivasa Murthy is a disciplined actor who has carved out a niche in historical and emotional roles. He has shown variety in his acting skills, though he is often taken for good samaritan roles. He is also a well known name in the Kannada Theatre, where he has essayed various roles - to perfection.
Srinivasa Murthy debuted under the tutilage of great director Siddalingaiah in the movie Hemavati. The movie was based on an inter-caste love story between an high-caste girl with an lower-caste boy. His acting was lauded by the bigwigs of Kannada Industry and he was warmly welcomed into the industry. But he did not immediately get more Hero offers, but was called in mere supporting characters to the heroes. But He gracefully accepted whatever he was offered and displayed extreme range and grace in his acting. He has acted in close to 300 Kannada movies. His roles in Mane Mane Ramayana, Guru Shisyaru, Kaviratna Kalidasa, etc are still remembered for his excellent acting prowess. In Kaviratna Kalidasa he essayed the role of Raja Bhoja, along with Kannada Matinee idol Dr Rajkumar playing the role of Kalidasa. The camaraderie the two actors shared was seen to be believed and the movie was agrand success then. Even Dr Rajumar praised his efforts in that role.
Srinivasa Murthy became a producer of Kannada films quite early. He started off producing films with his friend Actor Jai Jagadish. He made films like Maathru Devo Bhava and a comedy film Thaayigobba Tharlemaga with Kashinath. Struggling actress Chandrika became a heroine through Kashinath's film. Then he started off to produce films as an independent producer Nambidare Nambi Bittare Bidi directed by Umesh which introduced Shruthi as the heroine - and Hosamane Aliya with Anant Nag and Bhavya . He also became a film director producing and directing the children film Devara Makkalu which won lot of appreciation from critics. It also won an award for Best Children Film from the State government of Karnataka.