ABC Apologizes for ‘Quantico’ Episode

Priyanka Chopra plays the character of FBI agent Alex Parrish in ABC’s Quantico

Priyanka Chopra plays the character of FBI agent Alex Parrish in ABC’s Quantico

Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra apologized Sunday after a furor over an a US TV series that showed her uncovering a terror plot hatched by Indian Hindu nationalists. "I sincerely apologise. I'm a proud Indian and that will never change", she wrote.

In episode titled The Blood Of Romeo, Chopra's character, Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Alex Parrish, stops a terror plot days before a summit between India and Pakistan is set to take place.

In addition to her social media post, ABC also talked to ET, releasing the following statement: "'ABC Studios and executive producers of Quantico would like to extend an apology to the audience members who were offended by the most recent episode, 'The Blood of Romeo".

In a statement, ABC apologised for stepping into "a complex political issue" and defended Ms Chopra from the attacks online, clarifying she did not write, direct or cast the show, and nor does she have any input over plots. 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. But, they stressed that the show is a work of fiction.

Chopra, the face of the show - and a high-profile figure who has made the rare, successful crossover from Indian cinema to Hollywood - was targeted for not doing more after seeing the script.

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The episode, called The Blood of Romeo, aired in the U.S. June 1 and in India June 6. "It was certainly not our intention to offend anyone", it continued.

However, there were those who maintained that it was, after all, merely a fictional show.

Nuclear-armed Pakistan and India have fought two wars over the Kashmir region since partition in 1947.

She was also accused of disrespecting Indian sensibilities by wearing a dress that exposed her legs during a meeting with Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Berlin previous year.

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