In a recent report published on an entertainment website, Navya opened up and gave credits to Mollywood actor Dileep. She said, "It was Dileep who decided to cast me in Ishtam in 2001, which was directed by Sibi Malayil."


The movie was Navya's debut movie in Mollywood. Since then, she has never looked back in her film career. But it might have never happened if Dileep had not selected her for the movie Ishtam.


Later, she did many roles with Dileep in films like Pattanathil Sundaran, Mazhathullikilukkam, Kalyana Raman, Kunjikunnan, Gramaphone, Pandipada and Kerala Café. 


Navya also bagged the best actress award from the state government for the movie Nandanam opposite to Prithviraj and directed by Ranjith. She was a shining star from 2001 to 2010, and she has acted with almost all the leading heroes of Mollywood.