Satyam is a 2003 Telugu romantic drama directed by debutant Surya Kiran. The film stars Sumanth and Genelia D'Souza and was very successful at the box-office. Released in December 2003, it is one of the biggest hits in Sumanth's career. It was also Genelia's debut Telugu film. It was produced by the noted film star and Sumanth's uncle Akkineni Nagarjuna under the Annapurna Studios banner. Chakri won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Telugu. It was remade in Bengali as Shakti.
Satyam (Sumanth) is an aspiring song writer who inadvertently gets misunderstood both by his father (Malladi Raghava) and his love interest Ankita (Genelia D'Souza). He ghost-writes for a selfish and popular film lyricist. He decides to prove himself as an independent songwriter before expressing his love to Ankita. In the meantime, a classmate of Ankita proposes to her. Through all of this, Ankita's father (Kota Srinivas Rao), unexpectedly befriends Satyam without his daughter's knowledge. Satyam eventually overcomes his obstacles and succeeds in reconciling with his father and Ankita.