Naresh acted as a child artist in the movie Pandanti Kapuram in 1972. Naresh's mother directed him in the starring role Prema Sankellu (1982), a remake of Love Story but the film was not a hit, despite the enormous success of the soundtrack. His other film Naalugu Stamabhalata (1982) that year, became a hit.
Naresh also acted in many comedy movies which were big hits at the box office. His movie Jamba Lakadi Pamba is one of the biggest grossing comedy movies of Telugu industry.He has actively participated in Bharatiya Janata Party, later moved to Congress, and now he is in YSRCP