While her parents were PHDs in engineering and science, Pallav grew up in Melbourne and pursued LLB and BA in Media and Communications. She also secured Diploma in Modern Language with French as the principal subject, by the age of 16. She was also crowned Miss India Australia in Sydney.
Pallavi Sharda debuted in My Name is Khan, in 2010. Her second movie was Dus Tola, opposite Manoj Bajpai. She also did an Indo-American movie called Walkaway while working on Zayed Khan- Diya Mirza’s production ‘Love Breakups Zindagi’. Pallavi also won compliments for her role in an Australian movie ‘Save Your Legs’. Incidentally, Pallavi Sharda’s kissing scene in the movie was one of the highlights of the film.
Abhinav Kashyap, the director who made Dabangg, took note of Pallavi’s acting skills and signed her for the main lead-role opposite Ranbir Kapoor for ‘Besharam’. Pallavi stays independently in Mumbai.She says that her upbringing has been such that she can stay anywhere and be self-dependent. She says, “ I left my parents and home in Austraila and came to Mumbai when I was 18. I don’t have any relative in Mumbai. I stay lone in a rented accommodatin. It was tough but I never had the feeling that I was vulnerable.”
Pallavi says that she has been traveling across India at least 3 times a year since the time she was in her late teens. She adds, “ My mom, unlike other NRIs, would come to India three times a year being the head of South Asia relationship for her university and I would come with her.But the Bollywood dream never left me. I. During my law internship, I only remember emailing production houses in India during my lunch hour. I was crazy and knew I had to do it, as I would otherwise regret it for the rest of my life. I just wanted to dance in films. I was 21 when I first came here. I did a bit of theatre and was a lead actress in Vaibhavi Merchant’s musical Taj Express due to my dance. Then, I did Dus Tola with Manoj Bajpai, then a little role in Love, Breakups Zindagi and then the Australian film, ‘Save Your Legs.”
Pallavi said that she did not really know how to get into Bollywood, till she met Abhinav Kashyap during a movie screening. She says, “ Two months later, I got a call to audition for Besharam. It’s a fair game. You audition. If you are good, we take it forward.’ It’s rare to be made to feel that way and I respect him because of the way he believes in merit. After several rounds of audition, I was selected.”
She believes that Indian media sensationalized the attacks on Indians in Australia. She says, “In Melbourne, I could be so Indian and Australian at the same time and have no qualms about my heritage. What was carried in Indian media was sensational. My mother would hold a Diwali dinner for all the Indian students in our house and would provide pastoral care to them as they were immigrants. . If you have a sudden jump in the number of immigrants in any society, there are issues, but those are only teething problems. It is peaceful today. Melbourne is a multicultural place. I was the ambassador for Australia last year, as the High Commission felt I stood for Indian culture, having been a young leader in many walks of life and a role model to Indians in Australia through my dance. I am known within the Indian community there. I went home this time in May and the reaction of the Indian public was so overwhelming.”