'Television gets monotonous'

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Television actress Pallavi forayed into the big screen by chance. Even as she is busy with her Bollywood debut — Subhash Ghai’s Kaanchi — where she plays the role of a politician, she auditioned, almost overnight, for a yet-to-be-titled Malayalam film opposite actor Mammootty.

And before she knew it, Pallavi was short-listed to play Mammootty’s wife in the film. The young lady is now busy shuttling between Mumbai, where she is shooting for Kaanchi, and Bangalore, where she is working for the Malayalam film.

Pallavi is half-Kannadiga and half-Malayali but she has lived in Mumbai most of her life.
About her role in Kaanchi, Pallavi says it’s a powerful woman-centric film. “I play a politician in the film. A lot of strong emotions come into focus and there are moments when I had to be very calm and serious. It is indeed quite challenging for a woman to play the role of a politician. It’s a serious subject,” she tells Metrolife while shooting in
the City.

Moving from television to the big screen hasn’t been a smooth transition and Pallavi has had to work doubly hard. “Television gets monotonous after a while. There’s a set look in television and you really can’t experiment with it too much. But in films, you have the liberty to change your looks, in keeping with the character you play. And you have something new to look forward to,” shares Pallavi.

   She always wanted to get into the movies and Pallavi thinks, she’s lucky to get some
really good projects, right at the beginning of her career in the film industry. 

About her co-star Mammootty, in the Malayalam project, Pallavi confesses that she has always had an admiration for serious men, “Mammootty has a class of his own. He’s definitely very serious when it comes to work but off the sets, he’s approachable and makes intelligent conversation,” she says.

Pallavi’s mother is a Kannadiga, therefore the actress has watched a couple of old Kannada movies. “I still sit down and watch old classics of Vishnuvardhan and Suhasini. Kannada films have explored some good subjects,” she sums up.

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