He also worked as an associate director for several Telugu movies. He worked as an assistant director for the movie Arya in 2004. His association with film producer Dil Raju began with that movie. Dil raju was impressed with Sreekanth and gave him an advance of ₹9000 and told him to come up with a story. Impressed by Sreekanth's work ethic, Dil Raju also asked him to work for Bommarilu. He took a three months gap after Bommarillu and came up with the story of Kotha Bangaru Lokam. He worked on the script for six more months. And finally in 2008, Sreekanth was given an opportunity to direct his first movie by Dil Raju. The movie was Kotha Bangaru Lokam starring Varun Sandesh and Shweta Basu Prasad. The movie won multiple Nandi Awards and Filmfare Awards in various categories. It was also nominated for a Filmfare Award in the Best Movie Category. The movie was commercially successful. After nearly two years, Sreekanth began working on a multi-starrer movie Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu. Once again produced by Dil Raju, the movie stars Venkatesh and Mahesh Babu. The movie released on 11 January 2013 and got huge response from all over the world.