How an Indian action icon broke into Hollywood — and the Oscar race — with ‘RRR’
Pallavi Dhanda, who created popular characters in “Ranbir Kapoor’s “Kaun Haara Re,” “Aamir Khan’s “Dil Dhadakne Do,” and “Arya” along with “Kyaa Kool Hai Hum” fame, has made quite the journey into Hollywood.
Pallavi Dhanda, whose works have been made into films and even TV shows in India and abroad, had only recently made some headway in the U.S. as she made a rare guest appearance on “Dr. Phil” to discuss her life and career.
Dhanda, who moved to Los Angeles in 2001, where she lives and works, is a writer, director, and actor. She was seen in the 2005 hit “Kyaa Kool Hai Hum,” with Karisma Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, and Saif Ali Khan.
She then made her first feature film, “Raaz,” and has since appeared in several other films, notably “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag,” “Jism 2,” and “Tere Bin Laden.”
Dhanda is also a TV presenter for news and feature movies, and has given interviews to such outlets as The Times of India, India Today, BBC, and CNN-IBN.
She has also been a guest on Oprah Winfrey’s “Headline News,” “Sandra Day O’Connor,” and “The World According to Pinto.”
“I got my first break in India with Karisma Kapoor,” she said in an interview with The Times of India.
“It was a very, very small role in her debut film ‘Kaun Haara Re,’ and it’s one that’s really unique — a small role, and she does an amazing job of it.”
She then went on to