Just like the Balayya starrer, Srimanthudu is also about an irresponsible guy, who later turns into a Samaritan for the people of a village. That film did also talk about giving back to society and the hero gets changed by the heroine. With her support, he resolves the problems of a village. Produced by K. Kesava Rao, Janani Janmabhoomi was directed by K. Viswanath.
But fans of Mahesh has another theory to say that simply giving back to society as theme does not mean that this movie is copied from old one.