Huma Qureshi can't contain her excitement about being directed by acclaimed filmmaker Deepa Mehta for the "Leila" web series. Huma took to Instagram to share a selfie moment from the sets of the Netflix series. Deepa and Huma are joined by the actress' mother in the frame.
"As you can see... I'm clearly over-the-moon, working on my first series, with Netflix's 'Leila' directed by none other than Deepa Mehta, Shankar Raman and Pawan Kumar. As you can see, so excited to be directed by the legend Deepa Mehta... and mommie dearest dropped in on set to give us her duas and pyaar?"
In "Leila", Huma will be joined by Siddharth Suryanarayan.
Adapted from an eponymous novel by writer and executive producer Urmi Juvekar, the series is set in the near future and tells the story of a mother's search for her daughter, from whom she was separated 16 years ago, read a statement.Based on Prayaag Akbar's book, Leila will feature Huma Qureshi and Siddharth Suryanarayan in the lead. Set in a dystopian world, the series will follow Shalini, a mother in search of her daughter Leila whom she lost one tragic summer. She deals with various hardships in the course of her search, in a story of longing, faith and loss.
Netflix has announced that Shanker Raman and Pawan Kumar will co-direct its upcoming series Leila. The two will share the directing duties with filmmaker Deepa Mehta who started working on the project, the streaming giant said in a statement
Mehta is the creative executive producer while screenwriter Urmi Juvekar is serving as the showrunner on the six-episode series. Leila will premiere on Netflix in 2019. "Leila" is a part of a slate of 17 original made-in-Asia shows announced by Netflix at a conference in Singapore.
The video on demand platform used the second night of its 'See What's Next: Asia' content gathering to unveil eight new original films for its India market, including "Hotel Mumbai", sports drama "Selection Day", adaptations of books "Midnight's Children" and "Bard of Blood", "Baahubali: Before the Beginning", a spin-off of the iconic film franchise, feature film "Rajma Chawal", a regional release for "Bleecker Street", and "Leila".