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Njan Prakasan star Devika once longed to meet Fahadh and Nazriya

It is said that when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it. Devika Sanjay, who charmed the Malayali cine-goers with her amazing performance in the Fahadh Faasil starrer Njan Prakasan, would definitely vouch for it.

Devika, who is a student at the Kozhikode Kendriya Vidyalaya, has always been passionate about movies. However, there wasn’t anyone close to her who could guide her to the world of cinema. It was Akhil Sathyan, filmmaker Sathyan Anthikad’s son and assistant director of Njan Prakasan, who told Renuka, daughter of Sathyan’s mentor Dr. Balakrishnan that they were looking for a new face for the movie.

Renuka, who had previously worked at the Kendriya Vidyalaya, had a girl in her mind, who she thought would suit the character. However, the girl wasn’t interested in acting, but suggested the name of her friend who dreamed of acting in films. Devika, who got Akhil’s phone number from the girl, contacted her, though she was not hopeful about landing the role. The makers had asked her to send some pictures. They, however, rejected those photos, in which Devika was seen in a traditional avatar with long hair and oily face, in the first round itself. However, they asked her to send a video as well. She was supposed to act in a scene where she has to request for a mobile phone to her mother, who is adamant that she wouldn’t buy one for her daughter. This video was watched by the makers and after evaluating the performances of everyone else who were in for the role, Devika got the nod.

Devika had impressed Sathyan Anthikad and his crew with just a 30-second video of her performance that she sent in WhattsApp. They decided to give her a makeover by cutting her long hair. This was a thrilling opportunity for Devika to cut her hair and try out a new look. Her mother never allowed cutting her luscious hair. With her new makeover as a modern young girl, Devika effortlessly essayed the role of Teena Mol in 'Njan Prakasan Though her character appears only in the second half of the movie, her performance was stunning enough for the audience to notice her.