I’m extremely saddened and sorry that some sentiments have been hurt by a recent episode of Quantico. That was not and would never be my intention. I sincerely apologise. I'm a proud Indian and that will never change.— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) June 9, 2018
Atul Kochha is famed for his Rang Mahal restaurant in Dubai's JW Mariott Marquis, formerly the tallest hotel in the world. But the food expert, who has Michelin star recognition, isn't popular at the moment after responding to a Tweet from actress Priyanka Chopra.
Priyanka – who is currently dating Nick Jonas – responded to fans on social media after they express disappointment in the way Hindus were portrayed in her show, Quantico. The episode centered around storyline with Hindu nationalist terrorists, which viewers thought was encouraging an already tense situation.
"I'm extremely saddened and sorry that some sentiments have been hurt by a recent episode of Quantico. That was not and would never be my intention. I sincerely apologize. I'm a proud Indian and that will never change." Priyanka posted.
According to Khaleej Times, Kochhar responded: "It's sad to see that you have not respected the sentiments of Hindus who have been terrorized by Islam over 2000 years. Shame on You (sic)," but the Tweet was later deleted.
In an apology, he expressed his regrets after he offended many of his own fans.
"There is no justification for my Tweet, a major error made in the heat of the moment on Sunday. I fully recognize my inaccuracies that Islam was founded around 1,400 years ago and I sincerely apologize. I am not Islamophobic, I deeply regret my comments that have offended many," he posted.
His Dubai hotel was quick to distance themselves from his statement, posting: "We are aware of the comments made by Chef Atul Kochhar. We would like to stress that we do not share the same views as stated in the remark, nor is it a representation of the culture of diversity and inclusion that we pride ourselves on at the hotel."
While some followers are finding it difficult to forgive him, others are giving him a pass.
See some of the responses by clicking on the Tweet below.
There is no justification for my tweet, a major error made in the heat of the moment on Sunday. I fully recognise my inaccuracies that Islam was founded around 1,400 years ago and I sincerely apologise. I am not Islamophobic, I deeply regret my comments that have offended many.
— Atul Kochhar (@atulkochhar) June 11, 2018