Begum Jaan became a metaphor for us, to achieve the extraordinary: Pallavi Sharda

“I grew up on Bollywood masala films. She said, “There’s a sense of warmth that drove me to her.” On the sets it was Gauahar Khan with whom she felt a “large connection.”
Pallavi Sharda, who hails from Australia, shifted base to Mumbai in 2010. She debuted with a cameo in Shah Rukh Khan’s My Name Is Khan. The cast of Begum Jaan while promoting the film in New Delhi. Though Pallavi hasn’t seen the original one yet, she said it was a conscious decision so that her performance doesn’t get affected by anything that’s already been shown in the original film. She revealed she would love to work with directors like Vikramaditya Motwane and Kanu Behl. He managed to make me Gulabo, and everyone else felt like their character. And whom would she want to romance with onscreen, after Ranbir Kapoor? There’s a lot that I’ve done in my life, that I haven’t spoken about. Pallavi said, “All of us worked very strongly on our back stories and where we came from, why we were entering the brothel and Srijit was very adamant about it. That’s what drew me to the industry as a child. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App now
© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd She helped me become more brazen about who I am, and unafraid in showing my true self,” Pallavi said. I actually became inspired by Gulabo. They were my reference points, and I’m still truly inspired,” she said. She was crowned the Miss India Australia in 2010, and that’s when she planned to venture out in Hindi films. That’s something I’ve related to as a character and as a person as well. Also read | Begum Jaan movie review: Vidya Balan tries to invest some feeling into her role which soon turns clichéd
Pallavi plays one of the prostitutes who works in a brothel run by Vidya Balan in Begum Jaan. I think I’m a little shy. You can’t roam around as a three year old saying ‘main badi hokar Hindi film actress banungi’ if you haven’t seen Sridevi in Lamhe or Chandni, or Madhuri Dixit in Hum Aapke Hain Koun. Pallavi who was born and brought up in Australia, is a former beauty queen too. Also read | Outsiders oscillate between optimism and hope: Pallavi Sharda
Pallavi thinks the way dance is captured on the Indian celluloid is beautiful. She also had a small appearance in Oscar nominated film Lion starring Dev Patel. Ask her, despite doing international projects, why doesn’t she talk much about it, as compared to her contemporaries, and pat comes the reply – “I don’t know if anyone wants to hear about it! But, little do people know that apart from a handful of Bollywood projects, Pallavi has also done an Australian film titled Save Your Legs. While speaking to us, she revealed how director Srijit made sure all women on the sets had no-makeup to look absolutely authentic and live their part. “I find Aditya Roy Kapur incredibly handsome,” she signs off. I just enjoy my work.”
A still from Besharam starring Ranbir Kapoor and Pallavi Sharda. “Gulabo is a very prominent part of the house, and is considered the most popular worker. Also the fact that she has a vulnerable sensitive side which I feel is very metaphorical with my own personality,” Pallavi said while speaking to (laughs) Honestly, if people spoke about it, I would love to speak about it. I found a lot of Gulabo in me. It’s been seven years since Pallavi Sharda shifted base to Mumbai from Melbourne, and she is finally making her presence felt in Bollywood. What I love about her is that she is so daring. So did playing such an intense role leave Pallavi inspired? She might be one of the 11 women in the gang of Vidya Balan’s Begum Jaan, but Pallavi’s fiery act as Gulabo is grabbing eyeballs. “I think it’s Gulabo’s resilience, it’s her ability to fight for what she believes in. It actually takes a genius mind to manage 11 actresses in diverse situations.”
Out of all her co-actors, Pallavi got along the most with Ila Arun. (Pic courtesy: APH)
Begum Jaan is the Hindi remake of Srijit Mukherji’s Bengali film Rajkahini which starred Rituparna Sengupta. 2017-04-15T18:05:23+00:00″>
Updated: April 15, 2017 6:05 pm

Pallavi Sharda plays the character of Gulabo, a prostitute, in Srijit Mukherji’s Begum Jaan. If given a chance, Pallavi would love to do a typical Bollywood song-and-dance film. When the trailer of Begum Jaan released, apart from Vidya, it was Pallavi who made an impact. However, she was noticed as the female lead in Besharam opposite Ranbir Kapoor.