Bapu, who debuted as director with the movie Sakshi in 1967, has directed 51 movies so far. The director has already been honoured with several National, Filmfare, Nandi and other awards. Vishwa Vikyata Dharshaka Maharishi award is the latest honour coming his way. Talking about it, Bapu said, "I'm extremely blessed to have received this honour. I will cherish this moment forever."
Over the years, TSR has honoured film personalities such as Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Sunil Dutt and P Suseela among many more. Telugu filmmaker K Vishwanath presented the award to Bapu in the presence of a galaxy of personalities such as D Rama Naidu, Manchu Mohan Babu, Archana and Poonam Kaur.