Archie Panjabi

Ok. So. Listen.



I try to keep things fresh around here, partly because I think that you’re all lovely readers who deserve original and innovative content, and partly because I think that keeping the mystery alive will speed up this little virtual rom-com and cause Dave to realize that he wants to re-enact a musical montage with me, but these are extenuating circumstances, you guys. I know that I’ve covered actors who star in procedural CBS dramas before, and I know that Wdydfae profiled lovely South Asian ladies just last week, but you guys. You guys.

Did any of you watch “The Good Wife” this past Sunday night ?!?!?!?

Shutterbug Sis and I did. and we are working our way through the five stages of grief, here. It’s been three whole days and we’re still not over it.

*Spoiler alert (although, seriously, if you haven’t already heard and been deeply affected by this news by now then I don’t know if we can be friends anymore)*

Will Gardner got shot and died a horrible tragic death on “The Good Wife” this past Sunday night, you guys. And none of us saw it coming. And the only way I’m going to be able to work through these four other damn stages of grief for this fictional character with his dreamy eyes and his damn sexy brain is if I focus on the other things that I love about this television show. And the thing I love the most – maybe even more than Will Gardner although seriously dude, I am still so mad at you for doing this to me – is Kalinda Sharma, played by Archie Panjabi.

Kalinda is a private investigator surrounded by brilliant lawyers (RIP Will!) and politicians, and she’s always, always the smartest, toughest, and most powerfulkalinda 2 person in the room. She is also quite often the best dressed person in the room, as she is quite literally sex on legs, and the person I’d most like to be when I grow up. One reviewer called her “a sort of 1940s noir heroine transposed to modern-day Chicago.”

I’m sure that Archie Panjabi is a lovely person, and I’m equally sure that shady dudes started crossing the other side of the street to avoid her the moment that she accepted this role.

Before her Emmy-winning turn as Kalinda, Hollywood had taken notice of Archie with her role in the 2005 film “The Constant Gardner” and before that, her home country of Britain had taken notice of her in a number of well-received film and television roles, including my favourite, Pinky Bhamra, in “Bend it Like Beckham”.

I’ll close with one tidbit of show business gossip for you, before I get back to making my “Luv Will Gardner 4-Eva” tribute videos on Youtube:

From Scottish to Indian to American, all of her major film & TV roles have been in accents other than her own.

love amb


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21 Responses to Archie Panjabi

  1. wdydfae says:

    Oooo nice. I actually thought she was hotter than Keira (who was then relatively unknown) in Bend It.

    Thanks for the show tout! (Or is that “shout out”?)

    I offer my condolences on your loss.

    Please don’t worry about spoilers, since, with the way my synapses are tending, by the time I get around to seeing that I will have forgotten everything.

    • wdydfae says:

      I think it’s Pinky Bhamra. (only one “a”)

      Or at least that’s what my Google image hunt said.

      Uh . . . did I just say that out loud?

    • amb says:

      Yeah, Keira did nothing for me in that movie either. I think it was the haircut – that was not a good haircut!

      Thank you! It’s been a very challenging time for all of us but we’re muddling through. *sniffle*

      LOL got it 🙂

  2. ksbeth says:

    i remember pinky well, and sorry for your loss. impressive about the accents.

    • amb says:

      She was pretty hysterical in that movie, wasn’t she? A small part, but she made it memorable. And so totally different than her character on TGW!

  3. Way to keep it fresh Amb! Although I see you didn’t use the “hot chicks” tag you recommended for Wdydfae last week.

    I wish you a speedy recovery from your grief!

    • amb says:

      Oh shoot! I threw this post together last night in a haze of dirty martinis and TGW reruns, and totally forgot about that very important tag! Next time 😉

  4. Arto says:

    When I was a kid, they gave us all English names in English class. I was Archie, but I had nothing on this namesake. Whoopiedeedoo.

    I hope they catch whoever wrote your friend to death and punish him by forcing him to polish up the next Miley Cyrus movie or something. Killing a Gardner like that, just uncalled for.

  5. Dave says:

    Amb, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but I didn’t know that Will’s death had happened. In fact, I’m so far behind on EVERYTHING right now that I haven’t even seen an episode of The Good Wife… including the ones with Parker Posey in them. What’s happening to me?!?!

  6. Liz says:

    “although, seriously, if you haven’t already heard and been deeply affected by this news by now then I don’t know if we can be friends anymore”

    Really? Does this mean our friendship is over? *sniff sniff* 😦

    Just ’cause I picked a fight with diddy after his hot chicks post doesn’t mean I have it against you, too.

    Sorry you lost a friend on GW. Haven’t had time to get into that one. Though just as well as I don’t need shows where folks die horrible tragic deaths. Dr. Who has used up all of my tv emoting.

    • wdydfae says:

      “Just ’cause I picked a fight with diddy after his hot chicks post doesn’t mean I have it against you, too.”

      You’re just not gonna let that one go, are you Liz? You’re just gonna be dragging that thing out and whapping on it again, and again, and again and againandagainandagainagainandagainandagainagainandagainandagain.

    • Dave says:

      It’s OK Liz, Amb has very few friends left if she’s using that criteria 🙂

    • Bonnie says:

      It’s ok Liz, you still have me…I haven’t gotten into that one either, and I still haven’t scratched the surface on the Dr. so you are higher up on the food chain than I am! But we can sniff sniff over in the corner together. And eat marshmallows and drink bourbon.

      Amb, I think the networks should hire you, because seriously, I *want* to watch every show you describe!

  7. paralaxvu says:

    I stopped watching TGW after I realized, somewhere in the third season (OK, it takes me a while) that it was just another night-time soap opera. But damned if the commercials about the last show didn’t get to me. How could I live if I didn’t know what happened? Just because I’m now retired and no longer hit the water cooler conversations doesn’t mean I don’t have some water cooler friends with whom I regularly converse. I always liked Will way more than Peter (nothing more than a Mr. Big in later life–sorry, Carrie), but I could never see Will and tgw together, either. My personal favorite is Eli Gold–who knew he was British?!!–who is so delightfully more lovable/hateable at the same time. So, while I will send you a new hankie if you need one (a real one–not a damned papery thingie that I can’t name because it’s trademarked and always just dissolves in snot anyway), I didn’t shed a tear myself. And if you must know, in my heart of hearts, all I could think of when it happened was, “Huh. That’s the first time I’ve ever seen them jump a dead shark.” Let’s see, where was I? Oh, yeah–sorry, Amb. Really.

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