He did Shirdi Sai and Om Namo Venkateshaya, with Akkineni Nagarjuna and he indirectly said that he will retire after Om Namo Venkateshaya.
But the movie did not become a hit, because of lesser known story to devotees and unseason release.
Now, the director who wants to retire with one good box office hit in devotional genre has plans to direct two films Venkatesh and Sunil, as leads.
Both are devotional movies and the script work is going on. Many are saying that they understand Raghavendra Rao wanting to direct Venky in a devotional because he made devotionals with other three senior star heroes.
They are unable to understand how the director is planning to direct, Sunil, who is now looking to make a comeback as comedian after disastrous outings as lead actor.