An author of seven books, Lavlin holds a PhD in Russian Literature from the prestigious Moscow State University. Having pursued acting at the reputed FTII and direction from the noted AAFT, Lavlin is an actor, poet and filmmaker of repute. She has books of poetry in both Hindi and English to her credit that have won much acclaim, as also fables and stories. Lavlin has produced and directed over a hundred films - features, documentaries, docudramas on a wide variety of topics with focus on women’s and children’s issues, health awareness, foreign policy and history. Her films have been screened at the United Nations, Magsaysay Awardees’ Conference, the Cannes Film Festival and other eminent festivals across the globe, bagging much acclaim and prestigious awards. She scripts and writes lyrics for her own films.
She has acted in lead roles under Mr. M.S. Sathyu and Mr.Lekh Tandon, besides other eminent directors and continues to perform the much riveted role of Amrita Pritam on stage.
Lavlin was a member of the Central Board of Film Certification and National Media Consultant with the WHO.
As a socially conscious citizen, Lavlin actively participates in the meaningful work being done by the NGOs, such as Mamta and Prakashdeep amongst others.
She has worked as an interpreter from Russian to English and vice versa for former Indian Prime Ministers and Russian dignitaries. Lavlin, an ardent student of literature, has also taught at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), headed the Russian Service at the External Services Division of All India Radio with a huge fan following. She, a popular face on television, had pioneered the breakfast show for Doordarshan, as also presented programs for Moscow Television.
She was the Editor of the Children’s Page of the Hindustan Times and has contributed as a journalist and creative photographer to several noted newspapers and magazines. ‘But poetry remains my first love,’ she says.