Indian filmmakers coming together for Netflix’s Indian original ‘Leila’

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Filmmakers Shanker Raman, Pawan Kumar and Deepa Mehta are coming together for Netflix’s original Indian series ‘Leila’.

The series is based on Prayaag Akbar’s novel which was published in 2017. It was a dystopian novel of the same name ‘Leila’. The story is about a mother who is in search of her daughter from whom she has separated 16 years ago.

According to the official synopsis of the series, “Skirting surveillance systems and thuggish repeaters, Shalini – once wealthy, with perhaps a wayward past; now a misfit, pushed to the margins – is propelled only by her search,”

Showrunner of the series will be screenwriter and documentary filmmaker Urmi Juvekar and Deepa Mehta will be the creative executive producer.

Main lead of this six episode long series will be played by Huma Qureshi. Series will be premiered in 2019.

All the directors have done some notable work in Bollywood. Shanker Raman had earlier worked as a cinematographer for two decades, and directed ‘Gurgaon’, starring Pankaj Tripathi, last year.

Pawan Kumar has directed some admirable Kannada films, like ‘Lucia’ and ‘U-Turn’.

Whereas Deepa Mehta is an Indo-Canadian filmmaker known popularly for her works, like ‘Fire’, ‘Earth’ and ‘Water’.

‘Leila’ will be the third Netflix’s Indian series after ‘Sacred Games’ and ‘Ghoul’. There are few more in the list to go on Netflix soon, like ‘Bilal Siddiqui’s ‘Bard of Blood’, Aravind Adiga’s ‘Selection Day’ and Binky Mendez’s ‘Crocodile’.


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