The name behind the character of Kalinda Sharma in the popular American TV shows “The Good Wife “is Archie Panjabi. She is also the first person of Indian origin to win a Prime time Emmy Award for her portrayal of Kalinda Sharma in the show.
Archie Panjabi, like all Indian women during the 90’s, had an arranged marriage, something clearly unlikely to be even heard of in the west, but which is a common phenomenon in the Indian culture. Archie married prior to the turn of the millennium to a bespoke tailor from an Indian family in London. Her husband’s name is Rajesh Nihalani and he runs the famous bespoke tailoring outfit, Imperial Tailoring in London’s famous Savile Row.
Archie married Rajesh when she was twenty four years old in London. However, at present, the couple are living separately as Archie’s career has called her to the states while Rajesh is still based in London. Archie has often been known to have said that she loves her husband honestly.
In a recently conducted interview after her Emmy win, when she was asked about her husband, she said” He’s my best friend and he’s very honest. He’s always been very supportive. You can have all the agents and publicist in the world but no one’s ever going to give you a hundred and ten percent like someone who loves you” she told the reporter.
When she was asked about the backwardness in the idea of arranged marriage, having been married to her husband by arranged marriage, she has said there’s a major misconception about arranged marriage. The people involved aren’t totally strangers as there’s always some sort of familiarity that is present or that develops before marriage. Almost all people who practice Hinduism got married through the process of arranged marriage until lately.
Archie, coming from a conservative society, had a difficult time in establishing her professional career as an actress. Her mother supported her throughout her early days, the days filled with hardships and disappoints. But, she was constantly looked down upon by her relatives who even went to the extent of telling her that “acting is a low class profession”.
Archie has had a very successful career both in TV and Movies. Having made her breakthrough early on in her career with her role in the British comedy series East is East. However, her most notable role till date was in the highly acclaimed 2002 movie Bend it Like Beckham, where she starred alongside Keira Knightly.
She was also featured alongside Hollywood big names like Rachel Weisz in the Oscar winning movie The Constant Gardner. She was seen alongside Angelina Jolie in A Mighty Heart and her most recent movie was San Andreas, where she starred alongside Dwayne Johnson.
Her upcoming projects include Brooklyn Nine- Nine season 2 and she is also working on a film whose name remains undisclosed by the studio.
Archie is a popular figure among Indian nationals living outside of India. She has over 18K followers on Twitter and can be followed under the username @ PanjabiArchie. On Instagram, she isn’t a regular. But she does hold an account and can be followed asarchiepanjabi. She is 43 years old of age.