'Quantico' makers apologize for showing a Hindu terrorist after backlash

  • 'Quantico' makers apologize for showing a Hindu terrorist after backlash

'Quantico' makers apologize for showing a Hindu terrorist after backlash

ABC, in its statement, said Chopra has no involvement in the storylines depicted in the series.

"I'm extremely saddened and sorry that some sentiments have been hurt by a recent episode of Quantico", Chopra wrote on Twitter.

Executive producers ABC studios on Friday apologised for portraying a controversial scene in Quantico that shows Indians in a bad light. The show has eight episodes remaining.

Others called on the government to black out the scene where Chopra, who stars as an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent in the series, holds up sacred Hindu prayer beads as evidence that the plotter in the episode, planning to detonate a nuclear bomb in NY, was an Indian nationalist. When the plotter is caught, Chopra's character Alex Parrish discovers he has Hindu prayer beads, confirmation that he is an Indian nationalist, and the bombing was meant to frame Pakistan.

The episode outraged some fans of the Mumbai-born Bollywood star, who viewed it as a betrayal of her people. They also blamed the writers of wading into the India-Pakistan issue without much understanding.

"The statement continued: "'Quantico' is a work of fiction. "It was certainly not our intention to offend anyone", news agency Reuters quoted the ABC as saying.

Anger over the content is boiling over in other ways too.

Priyanka Chopra in Quantico.

It doesn't mean that we shouldn't write what we want.

But recently she was criticised by Hindu hardliners for visiting Rohingya Muslims and ignoring persecuted Hindus during her visit to Bangladesh as a Unicef goodwill ambassador. "It was non-stop. It was bad". Ratings have dwindled since it debuted in 2015.

The subject matter sparked backlash online with some viewers calling it a "nonsensical" and "stupid" episode, while many wondered how Chopra, an Indian actress, could have gone along with the storyline.

For those who are unaware about the Quantico row, here's how it all started and here is why the makers and the lead actress had to apologise.