It is alleged that Srimanthudu movie that starred Mahesh babu is copied from one of his novel according to writer Sarath Chandra. He writes daily articles for a famous magazine. He claimed that director Koratala Shiva copied and modified his story, which published in magazine in 2012.
Srimanthudu became an industry hit and collected more than 140 crores. It received good responses from all over the state and some people inspired to adapt villages as shown in the film.