Director Minhal Baig On Jada Pinkett Smith Giving ‘Hala’ Life [Podcast]

The Playlist | 12/13/2019 | Gregory Ellwood
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You probably have not heard of Minhal Baig...yet. If you check out her IMDB you’d see she’s written on the celebrated Hulu TV series “Ramy” and “BoJack Horseman.” But, Baig’s calling card will be “Hala,” a very personal drama that premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was released in theaters in November before debuting on Apple TV Plus earlier this month. To say she’s a talent is an understatement.

Dismissing what she calls her “student film,” the romantic dramedy “1 Night” starring Anna Camp and Justin Chatwin, no less, the self-taught Baig went in a much different direction with “Hala.” The contemporary drama follows the title character (Geraldine Viswanathan, “Blockers”), a Muslim teenager in...
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