Pallavi Sharda is an Australian-Indian international film and theatre actress, classically trained Indian dancer and speaker. She graduated with honours in Law, Media and Communications and French at the University of Melbourne before shifting base to Mumbai where she has successfully become one of Bollywood’s leading ladies. During her time away from Australia, Pallavi has starred in the musical production The Taj Express (2011 & 2012), and her film credits include Dus Tola (2010), Heroine (2012), Besharam (2013), Save Your Legs (2013), Hawaizaada (2015), Begum Jaan (2017) and Lion (2016) and Begum Jaan (2017). In 2017, Pallavi joined the lead cast of the ABC drama Pulse.
Having grown up in Melbourne, Pallavi trained in classical Indian dance (Bharatha Natyam) and performed her Arangetram at the Kalanjali School of Dance under the tutelage of Srimati Renuka Arumughasamy. Pallavi’s enduring passion for Indian dance is evident in her danceoriented film roles, live performances and performing arts curation. Pallavi was co-curator of the Sita’s Garden precinct of Melbourne’s vibrant White Night festival, and is one of the Influencers involved in Asia TOPA in Melbourne.
An advocate for the promotion of India-Australia relations and strengthening intercultural links between the two countries, Pallavi works extensively with NGOs in India to promote the empowerment of women in India. Recently the keynote speaker at the Asia Education Foundation’s National Conference in Sydney, Pallavi is also on the board of advisors for, E-Kutir, a socially focussed enterprise based out of Odissa. Pallavi was an ambassador for ‘OZ FEST’ in 2012-2013, Australia’s largest cultural festival in India and in 2015 Queen of ‘Moomba’, Melbourne’s iconic cultural festival, alongside cricket’s ‘Spin King’ Shane Warne.
When Pallavi is not shooting or performing, she takes off to a new corner of the globe, practices yoga and is always in search of good conversation and the next best flat white!