Sufi’s soulful Azaan and more - Dev Mohan shares his experiences
Dev Mohan who made his Mollywood debut with Naranipuzha Shanavas directorial ‘Sufiyum Sujatayum’ has become a sensation in Kerala. He is the Sufi who mesmerized the audience with his charming appearance and stunning performance in the movie. Dev, a native of Thrissur opened up on his Mollywood debut in an interview with mathrubhumi.com.
2-years-long waiting for ‘Sufi’
In 2018, a friend forwarded me the details of the audition call. Finding myself physically fit for the role, I forwarded my application. Actually, it was my first audition. After a few days, I was informed that I am shortlisted for the audition in Kochi. I attended two rounds of the audition.
On the second audition day, I met director Shanavas. After two days, I got a call saying I was selected. On that day, they gave me an idea about the story of the movie and my character ‘Sufi’. I started shooting my first movie after two long years from the audition.
Sufi dance lessons
Director Shanavas had a clear idea about the character of Sufi. In the two years before the shooting, we discussed a lot about Sufi and the movie. So, I got enough time to prepare for the character, said Dev.
I had spent about 8 to 9 months to learn ‘Sufi’ dance. I struggled a lot to learn it. Actually, it is like meditation. While whirling, we have to increase speed in each second. So, sometimes I fainted, felt an urge to vomit and suffered severe headache. But all these health problems were in the initial days. Later, I successfully learned it.
Sufi’s soulful Azaan
"Director Shanavas told me that ‘Azaan’ (Vaang) is not only a prayer but also a character in the movie. Sujata and the whole Mullah Bazar get attracted to the Sufi after listening to his soulful Azaan. So, the proper presentation of the scene was important as the audience have to feel it. Before acting the scene, I learned each word meaning in the Azaan,” Dev narrated his experience.
Dev’s journey to Mollywood
Dev is a native of Irinjalakuda in Thrissur. At present, he is employed as a mechanical engineer at an MNC in Bengaluru.
“From childhood, I loved to watch movies. It naturally developed a great passion for films. But I was hesistant to try my luck in acting. To be honest, I wanted to become an actor. But I started my modelling career accidentally through a friend. I am not a professional model. I find time for it during the weekends and while on leave from office,” said Dev.
OTT release for debut movie
As a debutant, Dev finds OTT release of the movie has advantages and disadvantages in his career.
“Actually, ‘Sufiyum Sujarayum’ was aimed to have a theatrical release like other movies. But considering the present situation, we preferred an OTT release. Like every actor who makes his debut, I wanted to see me on the big screen. I missed it with the OTT release. But I am happy that people in 200 countries watched my movie through the online platform. The audience can enjoy my movie anywhere at any time on their mobile phone,” said Dev.
“Nobody has any idea on the reopening of theatres. So, in this situation, OTT release is the best option. Earlier, I was a bit sad over the OTT release. Because ‘Sufiyum Sujatayum’ has importance for visuals and music. So, it needs the theatre experience. But still, we are receiving a good response on the movie,” Dev added.
“I am really glad that the audience appreciated my role of Sufi in the movie. I want to be a part of good movies in future. Now, I want to continue my career as an actor,” Dev revealed his dream.