Her journey so far in Bollywood is what dreams are made of. After being seen in small roles in films like 'Dus Tola', 'Love Breakups Zindagi', 'My Name Is Khan' and 'Heroine', Pallavi has graduated to a lead role and that too opposite Ranbir Kapoor in 'Besharam'.
The young woman from Australia has now settled down for good in Mumbai. As the film gets set for a release in exactly a week from now, Pallavi gets into a tete-a-tete.
For someone like you who comes with this ultra glam Western personality, what made you so sure about stepping in for a Delhi Punjabi girl in 'Besharam'?
My parents are from Delhi, my father is a Punjabi and my mother is a very headstrong woman. All these traits allowed me to play a similar character, that of Tara Sharma in the film. I was comfortable since my mother had also grown up in such environment and hence I could gain from her experience. This is the reason why I wasn't completely unexposed to the character I am playing in the film. I knew the kind of environment that 'Besharam' would have due to its Delhi setting.
Meanwhile director Abhinav Kashyap seemed to very sure of casting you in the film despite so many other girls auditioning for it.
He had seen me in 'Love Breakups Zindagi' and liked my work. Still, he wanted me to audition. Even though I am from Australia, I am truly desi in all means. I don't have an accent either (laughs). Guess it was immaterial for Abhinav that I had spent my growing up years in a foreign land. All he wanted was someone to perform really well in the film. He was looking at me to be playing this headstrong woman who is a go-getter. (Smiles) Guess he could see that in my real life as well. Otherwise how would I have come to Mumbai and hung on for so long without any connections whatsoever!
Exactly. For someone like you who started off in 'Dus Tola' and are now working with Ranbir Kapoor in 'Besharam', this one might well be