Laila made her acting debut in the Telugu film, Egire Paavurama in 1996, directed by S V Krishna Reddy. She began to receive offers from prominent directors to feature in Tamil films and turned down films such as Dharma Chakram 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 stagename to Pooja, as the invitations for the film had already been printed, and furthermore, she revealed that her unawareness of Rambha also being a part of the film. Laila subsequently dropped out of the project, wanting to make her Tamil debut in a film where she played the sole heroine. The Mumbai-based Laila then worked with Ajith in Dheena and Parthen Rasithen with Prashanth. She then came in 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 is a very successful Tamil actress. She has acted in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi language films. She is probably best known for her Critically Acclaimed and Award-Winning Performances in the Bala-directed films Nandha and Pithamagan & the Commercial Blockbusters films include Dheena and Dhill. She got married to Mehdi, an Irani businessman, on 6 January 2006, now they have two sons.