He debuted with Athanokkade starring Kalyanram which the actor produced too. After this the director gave commitment to work with Prabhas.
But Sukumar, manager of Jr. NTR almost kidnapped the director and took him to different places away from city just to discuss about the film with NTR, it seems.
While Surender was looking at Prabhas and completing a story for their film, he was pushed to a corner for three days by staff of NTR by talking about locations, shots, schedules, even though he did not agree.
Finally, he agreed and went to meet NTR, it seems. There he was given Ashok story and the director unwillingly took up the project as he felt doing a film NTR is fine for his career, as he is a big star.
The video interview surfaced on Internet and made many question the purpose of it. Is Surender trying to apologise to Prabhas for a new film? He just wanted to state a fact? Or did TDP cadre who want to end the discussion about Jr. NTR entering politics in favour of Nara Lokesh, leak this video? We have to wait for the answers.