By Hindustan Times
The clouds of confusion swirling around director Abhinav Kashyap’s next film — Besharam — have finally got cleared. After speculations about Parineeti Chopra playing the lead in the film, Australian born Indian Actor Pallavi Sharda has been finalised to play the role of a “typical pataka girl
from Delhi” opposite actor Ranbir Kapoor. “Considering both my parents are from Delhi, the role should be easy to play. I already know how to speak in Hindi,” she says. When asked how it feels to be acting opposite Ranbir, she says, “Ranbir is my favourite actor. I loved him in Barfi! The fact that I am acting with him in my next film is a big high.”
The film’s shooting will begin in December and it is expected to hit the screens at the end of next year. Though Sharda has played small roles in My Name is Khan and Love Breakups Zindagi, Besharam is her first lead mainstream role.
A trained Bharatnatyam dancer, Sharda loves Bollywood movies for their dance. “I am looking forward to doing latkas and jhatkas in my upcoming films,” she says. A graduate in Law and Media Communication from Melbourne University, how did she end up in Bollywood? “My parents made me watch Bollywood films in Australia to keep me in touch with my roots. I liked them so much that I decided to be an actor at the age of three. My family and friends laughed it off, thinking I would get over it, but I never lost sight of my goal, and here I am.”
An ardent fan of Sridevi, Sharda is still called Pallavi Devi by friends and family. “I thought it was divine intervention when Sridevi was called Pallavi in the film Lamhe,” she laughs. Having grown up on a liberal dose of Bollywood, Sharda misses the era of 60s and 70s. “I am looking forward to watching Sridevi in English Vinglish after so many years.”
In town as the Brand Ambassador of the Australian OZ fest, Sharda is excited about her crossover film- Save your legs premiering in India at the Mumbai film festival next month. “I am equally Indian and Australian. When I am in India, I miss Australia, and vice versa. I would often wear bindis, bangles and heavy kajal with jeans-top and a stole to college and outings when hanging out with friends. My mom was horrified by my love for fusion.”
On being finalized for Besharam
Ranbir Kapoor is my favourite actor. I loved him in Barfi! I am extremely excited to be cast opposite him in Besharam.
Love for India
I am equally Indian and Australian. I would often wear bindis, bangles and heavy kajal with jeans-top and a stole when hanging out with friends. My mom was horrified by love for fusion
On her Bollywood obsession
I thought it was divine intervention when Sridevi was called Pallavi in the film Lamhe. I am still called Pallavi Devi by friends and family.