He received international recognition with the 2005 film Athadu, another high grosser in Telugu cinema. The film was dubbed into Polish for a release in Poland asPoszukiwany, becoming the first Telugu film released in Poland, and became a boxoffice hit.
In 2006 he starred in Pokiri, premiered at the 7th IIFA Awards held in Dubai.The blockbuster film was subsequently remade into Tamil, Hindi and Kannada.In 2011, he starred in Dookudu, which had the largest worldwide opening for a Telugu film at that time. The film was released to seventy-nine screens in the United States. In the rest of north, east and west India, it opened up in 21 cities.