Netflix has launched a full-length trailer for Leila, its subsequent Indian unique collection based mostly on journalist-turned-writer Prayaag Akbar’s 2017 dystopian e book of the identical identify. With Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta (Parts trilogy) as director and artistic government producer, Leila stars the likes of Huma Qureshi (Badlapur), Siddharth (Rang De Basanti), Rahul Khanna (Bollywood/Hollywood), Seema Biswas (Bandit Queen), Akash Khurana (Barfi!), Sanjay Suri (My Brother… Nikhil), and Arif Zakaria (Nanak Shah Fakir) amongst others. Set within the close to future in a surveillance state, Leila is a few mom’s seek for her daughter that was taken from her.
The brand new Leila trailer introduces its fictional dystopian setting: Aryavarta, a totalitarian regime that has divided society alongside the tenet of ‘purity’, with bodily partitions additional separating a digitised metropolis into sectors manned by heavily-armed guards. Broadcasts within the background arrange the determine of Aryavarta, who’s hailed by many whereas a couple of revolutionaries try to protest elsewhere. It then introduces its protagonist mom Shalini (Qureshi), who we’re advised married exterior her “community” — Khanna performs her husband — and in flip gave beginning to a “mixed-blood” daughter.
Some Aryavartya goons break into Shalini’s dwelling sooner or later, separating the household and presumably killing her husband. Shalini is pushed into the Aryavarta cult system, compelled to take drugs that may presumably be toying round together with her psychological state, whereas she’s compelled to bear non secular indoctrination. By some means, Shalini units out to seek out her daughter and meets the gun-toting Bhanu (Siddharth) on her journey. Town, which appears to be like like a modified model of Delhi, additionally appears to have out-of-control air pollution, forcing the frequent people to put on masks which can be extra in place round organic toxins.
Additional pictures within the new Leila trailer additionally reveal a society dealing with a shortage of ingesting water, and human settlements amidst overflowing landfills (which one might argue is already the case right this moment in a couple of locations). Shalini finally finds out that “mixed-blood” kids are taken away by the federal government, which has ties to one thing referred to as ‘Undertaking Balee’. In Hindi, the phrase ‘balee’ means sacrifice or oblation, which means that the “mixed-blood” kids are presumably being provided as much as God. There’s greater than a touch of The Handmaid’s Story to Leila from its themes and visuals, although it is naturally extra Indian within the specifics.
Along with Mehta, Shanker Raman (Gurgaon), and Pawan Kumar (Lucia) have additionally directed episodes of the Netflix Indian collection. Urmi Juvekar (Oye Fortunate! Fortunate Oye!) was named because the showrunner within the unique announcement, however her identify has been conspicuously lacking ever since. Devices 360 had reached out to Netflix for remark in March, however the firm by no means responded.
Leila is out June 14 on Netflix in India and the world over.
This is the official synopsis for Leila, from Netflix: