Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Priyanka Chopra faces the flak for Hindu terror plot on 'Quantico'

Quantico Indian Terrorist Apology Hindu ABC Priyanka Chopra faces the flak for Hindu terror plot on 'Quantico'
Freda Brock | 11 June, 2018, 17:37

Chopra, who plays Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Alex Parrish on the show, has been at the centre of all the backlash, with people blaming her for agreeing to the role.

ABC Studios has issued a formal apology for the episode, requesting fans to not unfairly blame Priyanka Chopra for it. It led to the network and the series producers apologizing to Indian fans who took exception to the characterizations.

In response to the backlash, Chopra tweeted: 'I am extremely saddened and sorry some sentiments have been hurt by the recent episode of Quantico.

She added, "I'm a proud Indian and that will never change".

On the work front, Priyanka Chopra is now in NY and is being featured in American Television series Quantico. "It was certainly not our intention to offend anyone", ABC said in a statement on Friday.

The episode of spy thriller Quantico showed Chopra's character, an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent named Alex Parrish, thwarting the plan and noticing one of the terrorists wearing a Hindu rosary.

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The plot of the episode saw Chopra's character, FBI Agent Alex Parrish, racing to stop a terrorist attack in NYC ahead of a summit between India and Pakistan.

ABC said it pulled the episode before it could air in India (it aired in the USA on June 1). "Would any Pakistani actress betray Pakistan or Islam the way she betrays India and Hinduism?" he asked his Twitter followers in a post subsequently retweeted over 3,000 times.

"I guess I'm the only Muslim-sounding name, because that's what keeps coming up when people attack me [online]", she said in a phone interview. The crime drama was recently cancelled by the ABC Studios.

There have also been calls to boycott Chopra's work and the brands she endorses, including Samsung.

ABC released its own statement on the controversy, apologizing if the fictional storyline offended anyone.

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