‘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.
Forbes India had released a list of outstanding performances in 100 years of Indian cinema. And in the list of 25, there is only one Telugu actor in the list. Guess who? NTR, ANR, Krishna, Sobhan, Chiranjeevi…? Not at all. It is Somayajulu’s performance in Shankarabharanam. He stood in the list of Forbes’s “25 Greatest Acting Performances of Indian Cinema”.