Pallavi Sharda

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Pallavi Sharda
Pallavi Sharda (cropped).jpg
Pallavi in 2017
Born (1990-03-05) 5 March 1990 (age 32)
NationalityAustralian, Indian,
Years active2010–present
Parent(s)Hema Sharda
Nalin Sharda

Pallavi Sharda (born 5 March 1990)[1][2] is an Australian film actress of Indian ancestry.[3] She has worked in Hindi films like My Name Is Khan, Dus Tola, Besharam , Hawaizaada and Begum Jaan.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Sharda was born in Perth, Western Australia[1][2] to Hema Sharda, and Nalin Kant Sharda.[4][5] Both her parents are IIT alumni and have PhDs in science and engineering.[6] They migrated to Australia in the 1980s before she was born.[7] Sharda came to Melbourne as a toddler where she grew up in the outer north-western suburbs.[8] She went to school at Lowther Hall in Essendon where she obtained an academic scholarship[8] and commenced her LLB and BA (Media & Communications) & Diploma in Modern Languages (French) at the University of Melbourne, at the age of 16 and graduated with honours.[9] Sharda shifted base from Melbourne to Mumbai in 2010.[10]

Career[edit | edit source]

Pallavi Sharda in Cannes for MipCom 2017
Pallavi Sharda in Cannes for MipCom 2017

Sharda started her Bollywood career by playing a cameo in Karan Johar's My Name Is Khan (2010). In March 2010 Sharda was crowned Miss India Australia in Sydney.[11][12][13] She next starred in the comedic-drama film, Dus Tola (2010) opposite acclaimed actor Manoj Bajpayee, in which she played the role of Geeta, a village dance teacher. Sharda's performance was identified as the best element of the film by The Times of India.[14] In 2011 and 2012 Sharda was the lead actress of the theatrical musical, Taj Express directed by Shruti Merchant and choreographed by Vaibhavi Merchant.[15]

Sharda made her Australian film debut with comedy film Save Your Legs, which released on 28 February 2013.[16] She then appeared in Abhinav Kashyap's Bollywood film Besharam.[17] in which she portrayed a woman whose car is stolen by a petty thief. Sharda's next Bollywood venture, Hawaizaada, was released worldwide on 30 January 2015. Directed by Vibhu Puri and co-starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Mithun Chakraborty, the film is inspired by the true events of Shivkar Bapuji Talpade, who is believed to have flown an unmanned aircraft in 1895 Bombay. Sharda received critical acclaim for her portrayal of a courtesan dancer during the British Raj era in Mumbai.[18]

Sharda joined Sony ESPN's team as their new face for the IPL 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL).[19]

Sharda joined Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman in the Hollywood film Lion in 2016.[20] Her next Bollywood film, Begum Jaan, released in April 2017.[21] Sharda received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Gulabo, a sex worker in rural Punjab, at the time of Pakistan's partition from India.[22]

Sharda played a leading role in ABC Australia's medical drama Pulse, her performance awarded her the "Rising Star" award by the Casting Guild of Australia.[23] Pallavi is currently starring in Beecham House, ITV's historical drama series directed by Gurinder Chadha[24][25] and ABC comedy Retrograde.

Advocacy[edit | edit source]

Sharda is on the board of advisers for e-Kutir, a social entrepreneurship company focused on improving the lives of Indians using the 'base of pyramid' model. Her focus areas are Sanitation and Mother and Child.[26] Sharda is a regular keynote speaker on Asia Literacy in Australia, cross-cultural relations between India and Australia and women's empowerment in India.[27] In 2015 she was appointed the "Queen of Moomba", Melbourne's largest community festival, alongside retired Australian cricketer Shane Warne.[28]

Considered a distinguished alumnus of the University of Melbourne, Pallavi has emerged as a multi-faceted leader in the conversation around Australian Arts and Culture. Pallavi has curated festivals like Melbourne’s White Night, been the Queen of Moomba with Spin King Shane Warne and in 2019 Pallavi was named on the list of forty most influential Asian Australians at the inaugural Asian-Australian Leadership Summit.[29]

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Year Film Role Other notes
2010 My Name Is Khan Sajida Khan
Dus Tola Geeta (dance teacher)
2011 Love Breakups Zindagi Radhika
2012 Heroine Gayatri
2013 Save Your Legs Anjali Australian film
Besharam Tara Sharma
2015 Hawaizaada Sitara
2015 UnIndian Shanthi Special appearance
2016 Lion Prama Australian film
2017 Begum Jaan Gulabo
Pulse Tanya Kalchuri
2019 Strike Back Samira Shah Episode: Revolution: Part 3
Triangle Alex Lead Role
Beecham House Chandrika
2020 Retrograde Maddie
2021 Tom and Jerry Preeta In post-production

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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  3. "Building on Bollywood". The Indian Express. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  4. "UWA Staff Profile : The University of Western Australia : The University of Western Australia". Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  5. Nalin Kant Sharda. "Dr.Nalin Kant Sharda". Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  6. "I always regretted not being born in India: Pallavi Sharda". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  7. "Pallavi Sharda - Ranbir's new leading lady - The Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "PROFILE: Pallavi Sharda living Bollywood dream". Brimbank Weekly. Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  9. "Pallavi Sharda : Biography". Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  10. [1] Archived 17 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  11. "Pallavi Sharda, Miss India Australia 2010, Photo Gallery - Official Miss India Australia Site - Est. 2001". 18 November 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  12. "I always wanted to dance in Bollywood". 22 October 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  13. "Who is Pallavi Sharda?". The Indian Express. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  14. "Dus Tola Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India". Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  15. "Aboard the Taj Express". The Indian Express. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  16. "Pallavi Sharda spreads her wings back home". Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  17. Thakkar, Mehul (16 August 2013). "Ranbir Kapoor juggling between the Kashyap brothers". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  18. "'Hawaizaada': A dreamlike masterpiece about a dreamer". The Economic Times. 4 February 2015.
  19. "IPL 2016: Rochelle Rao and Pallavi Sharda to anchor 'Extraaa Innings T20". Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  20. "Lion (2016)". Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  21. "Srijit shares picture of his Begum Jaan brigade". Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  22. "Begum Jaan movie review LIVE: All bow down to Vidya Balan, the begum who means business". 13 April 2017. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  23. "Home". Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  24. "Pallavi Sharda plays a princess in Gurinder Chadha's period drama".
  25. "Pallavi Sharda happy to work with Gurinder Chadha".
  26. "Bollywood dreams".
  27. "Law graduate turned Bollywood Actress Pallavi Sharda addresses AALA Diwali Dinner". 29 November 2014.
  28. Schetzer, Alana (11 February 2015). "Cricketer Shane Warne and Bollywood star Pallavi Sharda named king and queen of Moomba". The Age.
  29. "40 Under 40 Awards Winners". Asian Australian Leaders.

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