Between 2002 and 2005, his career registered both ups and downs. While 'Vasu', 'Gemini', and 'Vasantham' were average dough grossers, 'Malliswari' and 'Gharshana' were declared hits. His next releases -- 'Sankranthi' and 'Subhash Chandra Bose' -- did well enough to make him a hot favorite with family audience.