Varun Dhawan on 'Quantico' controversy: We stand by Priyanka Chopra

varun Dhawan has backed Priyanka Chopra in the ongoing controversy around Qunatico. Photograph:( WION Web Team )

WION Web Team Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Jun 14, 2018, 08.30 PM (IST)

Priyanka Chopra found herself embroiled in controversy last week due to one of the episodes of 'Quantico'. The episode had shown 'Indian nationalists' as terrorists and it led to outrage on the internet. 

While the actress and ABC network apologised for the said episode, the controversy refused to die down. 

At a recent event, Varun Dhawan defended Priyanka Chopra and spoke on how the actress had made the entire country proud. 

At a press conference of the International Indian Film and Academy (IIFA)in Mumbai, Dhawan, Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon and Ayushmann Khurrana were asked how much involvement actors have in their characters, in view of the "Quantico" controversy.

Khurrana said, "When you play a character, you have your own thought and that can't be right or wrong. You're following a script, a director and that's your first responsibility...There are all kinds of opinions, you will get backlash when you take one side. You can't escape this." 

To this, Dhawan added, "To end it, Priyanka Chopra has made the entire country very proud and we stand by her. There's nothing else."

Chopra, in her apology, had called herself a "proud Indian" and said she was extremely saddened that sentiments were hurt.

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ABC also apologised for stepping into a "complex political issue" with the story, saying Priyanka was not to be blamed as she did not have a creative control over the episode.

Chopra, who became the first Indian actor to play a lead role in an American TV series, portrays FBI agent Alex Parrish in the show, which is currently in its third and final season.