Pallavi Sharda knows what chasing dreams is all about. At the age of three, living in suburban Melbourne in Australia, Pallavi was enthralled by the magic of Bollywood and knew she wanted to become an actor. Pallavi studied classical Indian dance (Bharatha Natyam) and contemporary dance, and performed and taught extensively as a teenager before deciding it was time to fly to India to realise her childhood dream.
Pallavi has starred in a number of Bollywood and international films including Begum Jaan (2017), the Oscar-nominated drama Lion (2016), Bollywood rom com Besharam (2013), Aussie comedy Save Your Legs (2013) , and Indian period drama Hawaizaada (2015).
Pallavi is an experienced television actor, presenter and host, and in 2016 she was the Indian Premiers League’s (IPL) television anchor. In 2017, Pallavi starred in ABC Australia’s television drama series Pulse, making her the first Indian origin actress to be cast in a lead role on Aussie big and small screens. Pallavi’s portrayal of Dr Tanya Kalchuri was nominated for a Logie in the category of Best New Talent (2018) and the Casting Guild of Australia awarded her its ‘Rising Star’ award (2018).
Pallavi has just finished filming a lead role in ITV’s new period drama Beecham House, directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend it like Beckham) and produced by Fremantle and Bend it Films.
An honours graduate from the University of Melbourne Law, Arts and Languages schools, Pallavi is an advocate for the promotion of Australia-India relations and strengthening intercultural links. As a pioneer in the realm of multicultural representation on Australian screens, Pallavi speaks widely on topics including Asia literacy, multiculturalism and women’s rights.
Pallavi is on the board of Indian social enterprise E-Kutir and had curated cultural content in Australia for festivals such as White Night and the Melbourne International Film Festival. In 2015, Pallavi was the figurehead of Melbourne’s iconic cultural festival ‘Moomba‘ alongside Australian cricket’s ‘Spin King’ Shane Warne. In 2012-2013, she was an ambassador for the Australian Government’s cultural diplomacy initiative Oz Fest, the largest Australian cultural festival ever held in India.
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!