After 'Manjunatha', Chiru did 'Indra', which won him a national award and the Filmfare (Telugu) award for the best actor. He played the role of Indrasena Reddy, a humble and hard working man who stands up for his family and community when the need arises, and saves them from natural and man-made calamities. Mani Sharma composed the tunes for this film, which became the biggest musical hit of the year.