Pallavi Sharda to play dancer in ‘Bambai Fairytale’

After Being ‘Besharam’ alongside Ranbir Kapoor, actress Pallavi Sharda  is all set to return to the big screen in the upcoming film ‘Bambai Fairytale’ where she will be playing a tamasha dancer from the late nineteenth century. The film is a biopic on the well known scientist from Maharashtra, Shivkar Bapuji Talpade, played by Ayushmann Khurrana of ‘Vicky Donor’ fame.

The actress has discussed about the film and her role in it, in an interview with news agency PTI, she said, - "I am a trained classical dancer and have performed extensively all over the world in many dance forms. The dance in `Bambai Fairytale` is one of the folk traditions of Maharashtra and used to be a major part of the society`s culture in 1890. It was difficult to find out the mannerism of the female dancers and the kind of audience during that era. I have tried to keep it as earthy and real as possible". 

She also talked about the effort that went into the making of this period film, "To recreate the era of 1890s in the film was a challenge. Vibhu (the director) did a lot of research work for it. There was no research material, no documented evidence on his life. So, Vibhu insisted that we should keep it real."

This film will mark the debut of director Vibhu Puri. The film revolves around Bapuji Talpade and how he built and flew India’s first unmanned aircraft in the 1895. It was much before the Wright brothers built their ‘Wright Flyer’. The shooting of the film is taking place in the small Gujrati town of Gondol where the art directors have setup a slice of Mumbai from that bygone era.

Sharda has expressed her experience of working with Ayushmann Khurrana, saying he is an ‘extremely talented actor’. She said, “It’s been lot of fun to shoot the film with him…It’s very interesting to see his process of delivering his shot…” she also added that the variation in her roles in films is a conscious decision.

Pallavi Sharda was born in Australia. She shifted to Mumbai in 2010 and landed her first role in Karan Johar’s ‘My Name Is Khan’ though it was simply a cameo. She then acted in the comedic drama film ‘Dus Tola’ in which her performance received praise. ‘Besharam’ was her first mainstream commercial film in which her performance received mixed reviews from critics.