Pallavi Sharda

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Pallavi Sharda
Pallavi Sharda at CHANDON launch.jpg
Sharda in 2013
Born Pallavi Sharda
(1988-03-05) 5 March 1988 (age 26)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation Actress
Years active 2010–present
Parents Dr. Hema Sharda
Dr. Nalin Sharda

Pallavi Sharda (born 5 March 1988)[1][2][3] is an Indian-Australian film/theatre actress and dancer, trained in Bharatha Natyam.[4]

Early life[edit]

Sharda was born on 5 March 1988 in Perth, Australia [1][2][3] to Dr. Hema Sharda (Director of South Asian Relations at the University of Western Australia), and Dr. Nalin Kant Sharda (Professor of Computer Science at Victoria University).[5][6] Her parents are from Delhi, her father is Indian.[7] Both her parents are IIT alumni and have PhDs in science and engineering.[8] They migrated to Australia in the 1980s before she was born.[9] Sharda came to Melbourne as a toddler where she grew up in the outer north-western suburbs.[10] She went to school at Lowther Hall in Essendon[10] 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.[11] Sharda shifted base from Melbourne to Mumbai in 2010.[12]


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.[13][14][15]

She next starred in the comedic-drama film, Dus Tola (2010), in which she played the role of Geeta, 'the village dance teacher' opposite actor Manoj Bajpai. Dus Tola hit Indian theatres on 22 October 2010 and Pallavi's performance garnered critical acclaim.[16] Sharda's second release, an Indo-American film called Walkaway was released on 29 October 2010 across USA. Sharda's next Bollywood release, Love Breakups Zindagi released on 7 October 2011.[17]

In 2011 and 2012 Sharda was the lead actress of the theatrical musical, Taj Express directed by Shruti Merchant and choreographed by Vaibhavi Merchant.[18]

Sharda made her Australian film debut with comedy film Save Your Legs, which released on 28 February 2013.[19] She made her debut in Bollywood commercial cinema with Abhinav Kashyap's Besharam.[20] Sharda's portrayal of a girl whose car is stolen by a petty thief, received a mixed critical reception. Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV stated that she "does a fairly good job of looking blissfully beatific,"[21] though Sukanya Verma was more critical, noting her "stiff screen presence [and] violent dancing skills."[22]


Year Film Role Other notes
2010 My Name Is Khan Sajida Khan
Dus Tola Geeta
Walkaway Sia
2011 Love Breakups Zindagi Radhika
2012 Heroine Gayatri
2013 Save Your Legs Anjali Australian film
Besharam Tara Sharma
2014 Hawaizaada Sitara Filming[23]


  1. ^ a b "I Gave Ranbir Kudos For Ruining My Make Up...": Pallavi Sharda. Bollywood Hungama. 3:15 minutes in. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b March, Stephanie (3 October 2013). "Melbourne performer Pallavi Sharda on brink of Bollywood stardom with role in new film Besharam". ABC News. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Gupta, Priya (29 August 2013). "I always regretted not being born in India: Pallavi Sharda". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Building on Bollywood". Indian 
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  8. ^ "I always regretted not being born in India: Pallavi Sharda - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  9. ^ "Pallavi Sharda - Ranbir's new leading lady - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  10. ^ a b "PROFILE: Pallavi Sharda living Bollywood dream". Brimbank Weekly. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
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  13. ^ "Miss India Australia". 
  14. ^ "I always wanted to dance in Bollywood". Hindustan Times. 
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  16. ^ "Dus Tola movie review". The Times of India. 
  17. ^ "Meet the LBZ Cast". Bollyspice]. 
  18. ^ "Aboard the Taj Express". The Indian Express. 
  19. ^ "Pallavi Sharda spreads her wings back home". Herald Sun. 
  20. ^ Thakkar, Mehul (16 August 2013). "Ranbir Kapoor juggling between the Kashyap brothers". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  21. ^ Chatterjee, Saibal (1 October 2013). "Besharam movie review". NDTV. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  22. ^ Verma, Sukanya (2 October 2013). "Sukanya Verma's Besharam Review: What a shame, Ranbir!". Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  23. ^ Bollywood Hungama News Network (19 May 2014). "Ayushmann starrer Bambai Fairytale re-titled Hawaizaada". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 

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