‘Sankarabharanam’ movie (1979) was one of the most appreciated and classic movie ever made in Tollywood. The lead role played by J.V. Somayajulu as ‘Shankar Shastri’ is an asset for this film. His performance was highly applauded by critics and fetched him awards too. Even after three decades of its release, Somayajulu's performance is esteemed and now he stood in the list of Forbes’s “25 Greatest Acting Performances of Indian Cinema”. He is the only Telugu actor to be placed in this list too. This shows the credibility of movie when there is content and blend of performances.
‘Sankarabharanam’ was released in the year 1979 but the movie started slow at box office. As the positive talk generated the movie made it big at box office and also won four National Film Awards, five Nandi Awards and Somayajulu won Filmfare award in Best actor category.