Pallavi Sbarda in Lion

Australia’s Bollywood star, Pallavi Sharda, is a classical Indian (Bharatha Natyam) dancer and film actress. An honors graduate from the University of Melbourne, Pallavi completed her LLB/BA (Media & Communications) and Diploma in Modern Languages (French) before moving to Mumbai to fulfill her childhood dream of working in Hindi Cinema.

With a diverse repertoire of films and theatre performances behind her, including the female lead role

in Australian cricketing comedy Save Your Legs, Pallavi became a household name in India with her starring role in Besharam. Her next Bollywood venture was Hawaaizaada, in which she starred with Ayushmann Khurrana.

Pallavi is a cultural ambassador for India-Australia relations and features prominently on panels focused on intercultural relations. She has been a panelist on ABC’s Q & A program and an ambassador for ‘Oz Fest’ in India. During her current visit to Australia, Pallavi will deliver an address on ‘traversing barriers and fulfilling dreams’ at the inaugural BOLDTalks Woman Forum in Melbourne. Most recently, she appeared in the Australian- Indian cross-cultural rom-com UnIndian and this year will appear in the female lead in the screen adaptation of Helen Garner’s bestseller – Joe Cinque’s Consolation, directed by Sotiris Dounoukos.