DAR­REN DEV­LYN

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KALINDA Sharma has been known to steam up the screen on The Good Wife. She’s strong, smart and has fas­ci­nated au­di­ences with her flir­ta­tions with both sexes.

But fans of The Good Wife have been less than en­am­ored with re­cent de­vel­op­ments in the pri­vate life of the char­ac­ter played by Archie Pan­jabi.

Her past was re­vealed with the ar­rival of Kalinda’s long-lost hus­band – Nick Saverese (Marc War­ren), an ex-con client of the law firm where she works.

In eight scenes fea­tur­ing Kalinda and Nick, four of them in­volved vi­o­lence, three of them in­volved sex.

Kalinda tried to tell Nick she’d changed. His re­sponse: ‘‘ Some things don’t change. You be­long to me. I be­long to you.’’

It all went down badly with reg­u­lar view­ers of the show.

Robert and Michelle King, cre­ators of the se­ries, ad­mit putting the take-charge Kalinda into a vi­o­lent re­la­tion­ship with her ex-hus­band was a mis­take.

‘‘ We bent the char­ac­ter so we would have some the­matic par­al­lels be­tween her and Ali­cia (Ju­lianna Mar­gulies),’’ Robert King says.

They de­cided to wrap up the sto­ry­line three episodes ear­lier than planned.

‘‘ We said that we’ll never let themes lead plot ever again,’’ King adds.

Born in Eng­land, Pan­jabi spent part of her child­hood in Mum­bai, call­ing her­self ‘‘ part Bom­bayite, part Bri­tish’’.

She rev­elled in roles in suc­cess­ful films such as East Is East, Bend It Like Beck­ham and The Con­stant Gar­dener. Her pro­file sky­rock­eted when The Good Wife earned her an Emmy for out­stand­ing sup­port­ing ac­tress in a drama se­ries.

‘‘ It was such a big shock,’’ Pan­jabi says of the Emmy.

‘‘ I have it sit­ting on a lovely piece of fur­ni­ture I bought in Dubai many years ago.’’

With Neil Justin The Good Wife, Chan­nel 10, Wed­nes­day, 9.30pm

Nice sur­prise: Archie Pan­jabi was shocked by her Emmy win.

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