Dimple Kapadia, Amol Mhatre, Deepti Naval, Vinod Khanna, &
Gulshan Grover, Brendan Hughes, Kelly Gunning, Garrette Devereaux,
Michelle Van Wagner, Sarayu Rao, Partha Dey, Sandeep Walia
Producers – Kavita Munjal - Lemon Tree Films
Director – Somnath Sen
Lyricist – Gulzar
Music – Jagjit Singh
Leela is a heartwarming story of two strangers whose paths in
life cross and they walk together for a while. Watching the
dying embers of her mother’s funeral pyre, Leela questions
her life – setting in motion events that change her irrevocably.
She travels to America as a visiting professor leaving her ‘perfect’
life behind. She thrives in the American University environment
– travelling the campus in cotton saris wearing her Indian
identity on her sleeve.
Kris (born Krishna) a young Indian American
is a product of a single parent home distanced from his Indian
heritage. Kris is more American than his American buddies. With
a hovering mother and a father of convenience Kris is uncomfortable
in his own skin. Kris takes Leela’s South Asian history
class. On learning of the dark secret his mother kept from him
Kris finds comfort in his friendship with Leela. Kris is mesmerized
by Leela’s quiet dignity and they develop a strong bond.
Leela opens Kris to a world beyond black and
white and in turn Kris pushes Leela to crystallize the grays
in her own life. She begins to scrutinize afresh her crumbling
marriage to world renouned poet Naushad. Naushad’s philandering
ways have slowly worn down Leela’s unconditional, unquestioning
love for him. Things come to a head when Naushad realizing Leela’s
growing disenchantment tries to reconnect with her. He fights
to keep his love – unleashing a storm that turns everyone’s
lives upside down.