Priyanka Chopra and ABC Apologize for Controversial ‘Quantico’ Episode About Indian Terrorists

Brenda Watkins
June 11, 2018

Most of you must be aware of Priyanka Chopra's on-going controversy, all thanks to her tv series Quantico. Created by Joshua Safran, Quantico stars Priyanka as Alex Parrish - an FBI recruit who joins the agency after graduating from the FBI Academy and becomes a prime suspect of a terrorist attack on Grand Central Terminal.

On Friday, the network and producers issued a statement that took pains to exclude any Chopra role in the storyline.

It provoked outrage from a significant number of people online - including many Indian fans - who called the idea "derogatory" and "nonsensical".

In response to the backlash, Chopra tweeted: 'I am extremely saddened and sorry some sentiments have been hurt by the recent episode of Quantico. That was not and would never be my intention.

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"'Quantico' is a work of fiction. It was certainly not our intention to offend anyone", the statement read further.

In the show, Chopra, who plays Central Intelligence Agency operative Alex Parrish, foils a plot by Indian nationalists who want to carry out a nuclear attack in Manhattan. Chopra's character thwarts the plot after noticing a Hindu symbol - the rudraksha - on a chain worn by one of the terrorists.

But recently she was criticized by Hindu hardliners for visiting Rohingya Muslims and ignoring persecuted Hindus during her visit to Bangladesh as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.

Quantico first aired in 2015 and Priyanka Chopra has twice won People's Choice Award for her portrayal of Alex Parrish, who started off a Federal Bureau of Investigation rookie, who graduates to become a Central Intelligence Agency agent. "Quantico" will conclude its third and final season in August. This offended many Indians and Priyanka Chopra received a lot of flak for the same.

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