ABC has launched a new series called Quantico. If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ll know that this series features a hijabi. As a binge watcher, I was very enthusiastic when I could write about it.
The series is about an FBI boot camp for young recruits, based in Quantico. It is the toughest boot camp and hardest grad school all rolled into one. It is not college. It is life and death. That’s how the series introduces Quantico. We meet the different characters and we understand that everyone has another reason for becoming an FBI agent, but in the end their goal is just to become one.
The lead character is Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra). Her dream has always been to protect the country, but it took a dramatic turn. She wakes up and the “biggest attack on US soil since 9/11” is pinned on her.
Very soon she understands that the bombardment was an inside job by one of the agents. She has to find out who it was to clear her name. But no one believes her. This series is a mix of Revenge, Homeland, Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder. There shouldn’t be a reason for not liking this series.
Indian main character
When I saw Quantico for the first time, it wasn’t immediately clear to me that the main character was Indian. There were some small hints, like her bracelet in the beginning, but I’d missed that. I actually thought she was Latino. After doing some research I found out that the actress is an Indian former Miss World, hello there!
The online Indian community is proud to have her to represent Indian women in Western media. And they should! She is an awesome lead character. She is smart, strong, vulnerable and independent at the same time. DNA calls her the “kick ass action heroine Bollywood never gave us”.
When you watch the series, it is quite remarkable how diverse the cast is.
The female who plays the hijabi is Yasmine Al Massri, and she is pretty badass too.
She wears her hijab in a traditional way and is always covered up. Yasmine plays the role of Nimah Amin. She knows what she wants, she is a hard worker and very smart. For once there is a right representation of a Muslim woman on television. I really hope that they don’t mess this up.
Who is the terrorist?
The one question everyone is asking after watching the series is: Who is the real terrorist? During the show, you understand that everyone could be a terrorist, everyone is mysterious and everyone has a past. This series is so good that it always makes you want to watch the next episode.
So, who could be the terrorist? Have you watched the series and what do you think about it? Leave a comment!