In the Pakistani television history, there have been many actors whose parents were in the show business, and following their footsteps, the children also entered into the field, choosing it as their future career. One such example is of Laila Wasti. Daughter of veteran television actress Tahira Wasti and her actor cum newscaster husband Rizwan Wasti, Laila entered television as an actor during the early nineties.
Laila made her debut with the drama serial 'Eendhan', aired during 1993-94 from PTV Lahore Center. Her acting was appreciated by many in her debut drama and from there onwards, she started appearing in dramas more regularly. In 'Eendhan', she played opposite Nauman Ejaz who was a new entrant into showbiz himself at the time. She then did a play called 'Saiban' from Karachi Center in which she played the role of Adnan Siddiqui's wife.
Her biggest success, however, came with the drama serial 'Aitraaf', in which she played the role of Bushra Ansari's daughter. Her character in this popular PTV play was appreciated for the confidence and strength she showed. She also starred in a PTV long play by the name of 'Shanakht'. Although people knew her as the daughter of two actors, but Laila soon discovered her interest in direction as well. Not many people know that Laila assisted Iqbal Ansari during the making of a couple of dramas made by him for PTV.
After discovering her passion for direction, Laila went to US to study direction in 1998. However, during her stay in the US, she acted in a play called 'Badalon Per Basera'. The storyline of the play was US-based and starred Mazhar Ali, Maria Wasti, Nabeel and Shafi Mohammad alongside. After returning from US, she mostly focused on her ventures behind the camera. These include drama serial 'Mera Naam Hai Mohabbat' (aired on Indus TV) and the comedy challenge 'Super Karara' (aired from Aaj TV).
She did not completely leave acting, however, as she appeared in the long play 'Heer Waris Shah' and drama serial 'Dobaara' (both airing on PTV) after returning to Pakistan.