Sharda and Warne are new Moomba monarchs

Melbourne, Feb 11: Melbourne’s Bollywood export Pallavi Sharda and cricketer Shane Warne have been named the Moomba monarchs for the annual Labor Day community festival in Melbourne.
This was announced by Melbourne Mayor Robert Doyle who said making Warne, the king of spin, the king of Moomba was a bit like giving Prince Philip a knighthood.
Sharda who was crowned “Miss India Australia” in Sydney in 2010 began her Bollywood career with a cameo in Karan Johar’s My Name Is Khan. She has also bagged a plum role in the film adaptation of Helen Garner’s award-winning non-fiction book Joe Cinque’s Consolation: A True Story of Death, Grief and the Law.
Doyle said just like every other year, an odd couple was selected to represent a part of Melbourne and reflect its multicultural story. Both Warne and Sharda grew up in Melbourne and are well known in their respective fields now, he said.
An elated Warne who lives overseas said he was happy to be back in Australia for the Cricket World Cup, and equally happy to be a part of this great festival. “I just live Melbourne,” he said.
Sharda, who is based in Mumbai, said she was doubly excited as she will be celebrating her birthday during the Moomba weekend.
The Moomba Festival will run from March 6 to 9. As monarchs both the stars will be the ambassadors of the festival taking part in the parade held on March 9.