Netflix has seen tremendous success in India with Sacred Games and Ghoul and at the recent See What’s Next: Asia event in Singapore, the streaming giant announced many new original films and series that will be based in India.
But before these new projects, Netflix will be presenting Deepa Mehta’s Netflix original series titled Leila. Starring Huma Qureshi in the lead role, the series will be directed by Mehta, Shanker Raman and Pawan Kumar. Mehta will also be the Creative Executive Producer for the series and Urmi Juvekar will be the showrunner. Siddharth Suryanarayan plays a key role in Leila.
Huma Qureshi had earlier shared these photos of herself and Deepa Mehta, sharing her joy of working on Leila.
Leila is based on the book of the same name by Prayaag Akbar. The dystopian drama is set in the near future where Shalini is looking for her missing daughter whom she lost 2 years ago. Shalini, who was once wealthy, has to now avoid the eyes of the surveillance system and the men who keep an eye on her every movement just so she can find her daughter. The book projects this world as the one that is highly policed where the society is constantly monitored to maintain ‘purity’. Shalini, who married a Muslim man, possibly bears consequences of the same after their daughter goes missing under strange circumstances.
Leila is a six-episode series and will start streaming in 2019.