Laila, the South Indian actress, made her foray into films with a Bollywood movie: Dushman Duniya Ka (1996). The film flopped, and perhaps that is what nudged her to try her luck down South.
The next year she appeared in a Pakistani film, Kelona (1997).
Etha Oru Snehagatha released in 1997. This was her first Malayalam film, followed by her first Tollywood movie, Pellichesukundam (1997).
In 2000 she was seen in a Tamil movie Parthen Rasithen, and in 2001 in another one titled Dhill (2001).
She played a small role in the Hindi film Kaaboo (2002), which sank without a trace at the box office.
Her Malayalam film War & Love (2003), about the Indo-Pak fights and Prisoners of War was a flop as well.
Laila then acted in the Tollywood film Mr & Mrs Sailaja Krishna Murthy (2004).
She was also a part of the Hindi film Insan (2005).
In 2005 and 2006 she appeared in Tamil films titled Kanda Naal Mudhal, and Paramasivan (2006) respectively.
Her Tamuil film Mahasamudram released in 2006.
In 2009 she was seen in a Tollywood action film, Pratheekaram (2009).