Laila (actress)

Laila (born 24 October 1980) is an Indian actress. She has acted in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi language films. She is known for her critically acclaimed and award-winning performances in the Bala-directed films Nandha (2001) & Pithamagan (2003), and the commercial Tamil blockbusters Parthen Rasithen (2000), Dheena (2001), Dhill (2001), Alli Thandha Vaanam (2001), Unnai Ninaithu (2002), Ullam Ketkume (2005) and Kanda Naal Mudhal (2005).[1][2]

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Born (1980-10-24) 24 October 1980 (age 40)
Years active1996–2006, 2019-present
Spouse(s)Md. Mehdin (2006–present)


She made her debut in the Telugu film Egire Paavurama (1996), directed by S. V. Krishna Reddy. Laila began to receive offers from prominent directors to feature in Tamil films and turned down films such as Dharma Chakkaram and Kadhal Palli by K. S. Ravikumar and Pavithran respectively. She subsequently signed on to appear in the lead role in VIP after Pooja Kumar had walked out of the project. However, Laila was left unimpressed when the producer asked her to consider changing her stage name to Pooja, as the invitations for the film had already been printed, and furthermore, she revealed that she was unaware of Rambha also being a heroine in the film. Laila subsequently dropped out of the project, wanting to make her Tamil debut in a film where she played the sole heroine.[3]

The Mumbai-based Laila then worked with Ajith in Dheena and Parthen Rasithen with Prashanth.

Then came Dhill and Pithamagan with Vikram. In between, Laila took a break and went back to Mumbai. However, she returned to Kollywood with a big bang. Her role in the movie Ullam Ketkumae won her accolades from the masses. She was one of the successful Tamil actresses for a brief time.

Laila has made a comeback to the Tamil entertainment industry. She first appeared in a ready-made flavored milk commercial (Aachi Badam Milk) post her sabbatical in 2018. She will be appearing as the judge for the dance show DJD Juniors on Zee Tamil alongside actresses Sudha Chandran and Sneha.

Personal lifeEdit

She married Mehdi, an Irani businessman, on 6 January 2006. She dated him for eight years before marriage.[1] According to Laila, they were engaged for four years before marriage. The couple has two sons, aged 9 and 12. She is Goan but speaks Tamil, English, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and French at home and she is a Roman Catholic.


Year Film Role Language Notes
1996 Dushman Duniya Ka Lata Hindi
1997 Egire Paavurama Jyoti Telugu
Ugadi Laila
Pellichesukundam Laila
Kelona Urdu
Itha Oru Snehagatha Hema Malayalam
1998 Khaidi Garu Rajyam Telugu
Pavitra Prema Dr. Shakunthala Devi
Love Story 1999 Meena
1999 Kallazhagar Aandaal Tamil
Mudhalvan Shubha
Naa Hrudayamlo Nidurinchee Cheli Mini Telugu
Rojavanam Roja Tamil
2000 Nuvve Kavali Telugu Special appearance
Parthen Rasithen Sarika Tamil
Devara Maga Kannada
2001 Dheena Chithra Tamil
Dhill Aasha
Alli Thandha Vaanam Divya
Nandha Kalyani Won - Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress
Moosa Khan Urdu
2002 Kamarasu Vasanthi Tamil
Unnai Ninaithu Nirmala
Mounam Pesiyadhe Gautham's lover Cameo appearance
2003 Three Roses Nandhu
Pithamagan Manju Won - Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
ITFA Best Actress Award
War and Love Serina Malayalam
Swapnakoodu Guest appearance
2004 Gambeeram Vijayalakshmi Tamil
Jaisurya Baby
Rama Krishna Lakshmi Vishwanath Kannada
Mr & Mrs Sailaja Krishnamurthy Sailaja Telugu
2005 Ullam Ketkumae Pooja Tamil
Kanda Naal Mudhal Ramya
Insan Indu Hindi
2006 Paramasivan Malar Tamil
Thandege Thakka Maga Pancharangi Kannada
Thirupathi Tamil Special appearance
Mahha Samudram Devi Malayalam
2019 Alice[2] Tamil Filming[4]


  1. ^ a b "Laila Mehdin birthday: Lesser-known facts about the Indian actress you should know". Times Now. 24 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Actress Laila to make a comeback with 'Alice'". The Times of India. 1 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Minnoviyam Star Tracks". Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Laila set for comeback! - Tamil News". 1 March 2019. Retrieved 11 September 2020.

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