Priyanka Chopra slammed for portraying ‘Hindu Terror’ plot on American TV Show

Priyanka Chopra slammed for portraying ‘Hindu Terror’ plot on American TV Show
Priyanka Chopra

India, June 08Hyper nationalist trolls are furious at Bollywood film star Priyanka Chopra after an American TV Serial, Quantico focusing on her role as an FBI agent showed foiling a Hindu terrorist plot to carry out a nuclear attack on New York City and blame Pakistan for it.

Terming the plot a ‘betrayal’ and arguing that such a scenario is impossible, a group calling itself “Hindu Americans” is proposing a boycott of her work and of advertisers supporting her work. “She has crossed a line with her garbage lying attack on peaceful Hindus. Shame on her!” the group under the handle @HinduAmericans posted on Twitter.

When Priyanka Chopra bagged a role as the protagonist of an American television show, she was showered with praise in India for making a leap into the Western entertainment industry that few other Indian actresses had.

But a recently aired episode of the show, “Quantico,” has Indians sheathing with anger. In it, her character, a young FBI agent named Alex Parrish, foils a plot by Indian nationalists to carry out a nuclear attack in Manhattan and frame Pakistanis for it days before a summit on Kashmir.  Chopra's character thwarts the plot after noticing a Hindu symbol, the rudraksha mala- a chain worn by one of the terrorists.

To many in India, the plot twist implicating Indian Hindus in a terrorist act, especially over the sensitive issue of Kashmir amounts to a betrayal by Chopra, whom many here see as a cultural ambassador for India in the West.

Indians argue that Pakistani terrorism has no equivalent in India. “Wow. Power of the global jihad industry. Tainting Hindu nationalism through #Hollywood to cover up for world’s greatest terror exporter, Pakistan. Amaze. #Quantico” tweeted Abhijit Majumder, a prominent Indian journalist.

“Have the makers of 'Quantico' outsourced scriptwriting to Digvijaya Singh?” quipped Anuj Dhar, an Indian author, referring to an Indian politician known for discouraging belligerent statements against Pakistan.

Desi girl, Priyanka Chopra, who has appeared in more than 50 movies, mostly in Bollywood, faces huge pressure to depict India positively abroad. She was trolled in India when she visited a Rohingya refugee camp in May for spotlighting the suffering of Muslims rather than visiting persecuted Hindus. She was also recently criticized for baring her legs in a meeting with Modi, with many saying online that her wardrobe choice at the meeting offended conservative Indian sensibilities.

Priyanka has spoken about wanting to break stereotypes about India. In 2014, she told the Guardian, “We don't talk like Apu from 'The Simpsons,' and there's more to the world's biggest democracy than henna and sparkly clothes.”

The episode at issue aired Friday. In May, ABC canceled “Quantico” because of low ratings. Quantico was recently cancelled due to lacklustre ratings. Its third season will be its last. Priyanka, meanwhile, has signed her first Bollywood film in years, the Salman Khan-starrer, Bharat.

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