Assam Tourism brand ambassador and Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra apologised on Sunday after a furore over a US TV series that showed her uncovering a terror plot hatched by Indian Hindu nationalists.
A report published by The Guadian on Sunday, stated that the episode of the spy thriller ‘Quantico’ showed Chopra’s character, an FBI agent named, Alex Parrish, thwarting the plan and noticing one of the terrorists wearing a Hindu rosary.
The terrorists had tried to frame Pakistanis for the attack planned ahead of a summit on Kashmir, which has remained a disputed territory with both arch-rivals India and Pakistan claiming it.
It is to be mentioned that Kashmir has been a source of historical tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours, who have fought two wars over it.
The episode, which aired on June 1, triggered outrage in India with many fans calling the actor from India a traitor.
Chopra recently came to Assam, on a three-day tour for an advertisement shoot to promote tourism.
“I’m extremely saddened and sorry that some sentiments have been hurt by a recent episode of Quantico,” 35-year-old golden girl of Bollywood, Chopra, wrote on her Twitter handle.
She added, “That was not and would never be my intention. I sincerely apologise.”
The producers of the crime drama, ABC Studios, also offered an apology.
The report quoted the ABC Studios as saying in a statement: “The episode has stirred a lot of emotion, much of which is unfairly aimed at Priyanka Chopra, who didn’t create the show, nor does she write or direct it.”
It added, “The show has featured antagonists of many different ethnicities and backgrounds, but in this case we inadvertently and regrettably stepped into a complex political issue. It was certainly not our intention to offend anyone.”
The Bollywwod star has been criticised on the Twitter since the broadcast and a street protest was held in Delhi on Saturday by a fringe Hindu group demanding that the actor be sent to Pakistan as a punishment.
Sumit Kadel, a film critic on his Twitter handle stated that the government “should cancel @priyankachopra passport & should not allow her to enter our nation… Let her stay in Hollywood & lick Pakistan boots. Traitor.”