Based on a folk story in Rajasthan, this work represents a change in modern Indian cinema. It’s titular character, the beautiful Laila is asked to marry a herdsman from a tribe and soon migrates to a remote village in Kashmir. She is surrounded by constant labor, repressive traditions, a dimwit of a husband and a police inspector who keeps harassing her. Laila relentlessly asks questions about her existence until she is elevated to a mythical dimension. Nature is the only thing that lifts her spirits and through it she finds strength and harmony. This woman’s struggle in a remote village is captured powerfully with the aid of the music featured. Which includes seven old folk songs and poems by the mysterious 14th century poet, Raleshwari. (LEE Yongchul)
Singh studied at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. His debut feature Lajwanti was premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2014 and the second feature Ashwatthama was premiered at the Busan International Film Festival in the New Currents competition. His latest, The Shepherdess and The Seven Songs was premiered in the Encounters Competition at Berlinale, 2020 and won the NETPAC Award at Jeonju International Film Festival, 2020.