Veteran Telugu film director Sarath died at his home on Friday morning (1 April 2022). The filmmaker made over 20 films in a 35-year-long career. Sarath, who worked with actors Nandamuri Balakrishna and Suman, was earlier diagnosed with cancer. His last rites will be performed on Saturday (2 April 2022) at Vaikunta Mahaprasthanam in Film Nagar, Hyderabad. 

Upon coming to learn of such heartbreaking news of his good friend and colleague Sarath's demise, Nandamuri Balakrishna expressed his deepest condolences and grief by issuing a statement, "Sarath was a great friend of mine. He strived and made a name for himself in the film industry. I was a part of his films like Vamshanikokkadu, Peddannayya, Sulthan and Vamshoddharakudu. The shocking news of his demise has left me in sorrow. May his soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family members." 

Sarath made his directorial debut with the 1986 film Chadastapu Mogudu starring Suman and Bhanupriya in the lead roles. It was only later that he rose to fame with the 1989 film Agni Nakshatram starring Shobhan Babu, Mohan Babu and Kalyan Chakravarthy Nandamuri. Sarath continued on this success track again with the 1991 movie 'Peddintalludu' starring Suman, Nagma, Mohan Babu and Vanisri. He became a successful director and has never looked back since. 

His collaborations with actors Nandamuri Balakrishna and Suman were highly regarded and recognized by the Telugu audiences, as their projects often turned out to be successful ventures. He delivered many hits like Sulthan, Peddhannayya, Vamsaniki Okkadu, Vamsoddarakudu with Nandamuri, and Bava Bavamaridi, Peddinti Alludu, and Chinna Alludu with Suman.