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.