Luck struck like lightning when hot shot writer, director JANDHYALA who had just given a hit (Mudhha mandharam) offered a lead role in is next teenage love story. The producer of this film was none other NAVATHA KRISHNAM RAZU, a name to reckon with. The film was NAALAGU STHAMBALA AATA.
The then Music maestro, RAMESH NAIDU, recommended and offered Naresh to be introduced by JANDHYALA . Mother Vijaya Nirmala gladly accepted the recommendation. It was very noble gesture for a director of her repute to stop her film midway. NARESH was launched as the first telugu teenage hero in NAALAGU STHAMBALA AATA, which was released in 1982 turned out to be a box office hit. Mother vijaya nirmala’s film Prama sankellu released next and films like rendujadala sita and others followed. BUT it was SRIVAARIKI PREMA LEKHA the 1984 block buster, directed by Jandhyala and produced by media baron RAMOJI RAO(he launched his banner usha kiran movies with this film))not only catapulted him to stardom but also established him to be the new age romantic comedy hero of the then telugu filmdom.
Hits like COLLECTOR VIJAYA, MOGUDU PELLALU, SREEMATHI O BAHUMATHI, SRUTHI LAYALU(DIRECTED BY K.VISHWANATH),KANAKAMAHALAKSHMI RECORDING DANCE TROOP(DIRECTED BY VAMSHI), SAHASAME NAA OOPIRI KOKILA(a mucial suspence thriller) CHOOPULU KAALASINA SHUBAVELA(JANDHYALA) zoomed his career further.
The 1989 super hit POLICE BHARYA consolidated his position as a star and an actor. Hits like MADHUMASAM produced by RAMOJI RAO and directed by ace director MOULI followed. But it was CHITRAM BHALARE VICHITRAM the 1991, a silver jubilee block buster, in which he donned the role of a woman to perfection that hurled him to dizzy heights and carved the image of the first comedy star of telugu film world. When director of the film P.N RAMCHANDAR RAO approached the versatile KAMAL HASAN to do the tamil version, he was supposed to have quoted “Naresh has lived the role. It will take many years for the people to forget this marvelous portrayal. I will do this role after a gap of at least 10 years” (as quoted by the director of the film P.N.RAMCHANDHAR RAO). NARESH many a times said that this compliment from kamal hasan is the greatest award he can ever get as an actor. This film was released at the same time as MEGA STAR CHIRANJIVI’S GANG LEADER, is recorded to have made equal collections to GANG LEADER and thus earned the title ‘the speed breaker to gang leader’.
JAMBA LAKADI PAMBHA, a bizarre plot where men turn into women and vice versa due to a chemical reaction(directed by E.V.V. SATHYA NARAYANA) in which he played a dynamic cop steered his career to its zenith. Hits like BAVA BAVA PANEERU(JANDHYALA) followed.CHILD ACTOR HERO CHARACTER ACTOR GOLDEN ERA EXPERIMENTS a turning point