Young Tiger Jr NTR and Rajiv Kanakala are good friends for a long time. After meeting first time on the sets of Student No. 1, the duo has been close friends. Rumors are also rife that NTR often suggests his directors to cast Rajiv Kanakala for key roles in his films. Talking in an interview, Rajiv said, "It's true that Tarak asks his directors to cast me for important roles. But I ask him not to do that because the director should be given freedom. If a director thinks that I am fit for the role, he will approach me. These decisions shouldn't be influenced."