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Lookbook: Archie Panjabi

August 31, 2010

Everyone’s talking about Archie Panjabi, and Archie at the Emmys. This talented actor, born Archana Kaur Punjabi, is one of the few Indian-origin actors creating a stir in LA. Archie’s Emmy award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama series, has brought a ray of hope to thousands of minority actors hoping to make it big in Hollywood.

At Speaking Chic, Archie’s inspired us to take a look at her on and offscreen looks over the years.

In East is East, Archie played a Pakistan-origin, British-born girl in her troublesome teens (ponytails, uniform and all!). In Bend it Like Beckham, she played a delightful role as the desperate-to-get-married elder sis. And as a journalist in A Mighty Heart, Archie donned a no-makeup look (pic below right).

ArchiePanjabi_eastiseast  Archie Panjabi_mightyheart 

In The Good Wife (the award winning role), Archie’s character Kalinda makes for a classy private investigator and a no-nonsense woman. She’s got a strong preference for the semi-formal look, hair tied back, smart jackets, and proud of her origins (note the dark eyeliner accentuating her very Indian eyes).

Archie Panjabi in A Good Wife  Archie Panjabi A Good Wife

While Archie looks great on-screen, and her striking north Indian features are perfect for the red carpet in an unconventional sorta way, we’re not great fans of her red carpet choices. Take a look:

Archie Panjabi_mighty_heart  Archie_Panjabi_Emmy

Left: At the premiere of A Mighty Heart—not a great choice of blue, the gown looks crumpled, and suddenly transparent over her left leg make the gown seem like an unfinished job.

Right: At the 2010 Emmy Awards, in a Tadashi Shoji creation. Firstly, black chiffon is not a very contemporary choice, and the “bandages” on the top half minimise the shimmer on the bodice. The interesting drape around her waist could have been the saving grace though. Tadashi Shoji does have some good outfits in his collection, if only Archie had chosen better. And we would have liked to see a diamond on two sparkling on her as well.

What do you think of Archie Panjabi’s red carpet looks? Tell us!

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