- Priyanka Chopra was "heartbroken" on learning she couldn't go to Bareilly
- Delhi fog spoilt her plans to travel and "reconnect" with her hometown
- She was to receive an honorary doctorate from a university in Bareilly
Ms Chopra tweeted saying, "Weather Gods and Goddesses, please do your thing and clear the skies... I really need to get to Bareilly! #FogLockDown #ThisCantbeHappening".
After this first tweet, when the Air Traffic Control (ATC) informed Ms Chopra that it would not be safe to travel in the foggy weather, Ms Chopra tweeted her sadness in not being able to cherish "such a special moment".
Moments after her first tweet, 'Bareilly' began to trend on Twitter as hundreds of Ms Chopra's followers expressed concern with her inability to attend the ceremony. They also expressed solidarity with her through their tweets. Many also thanked her for making 'Bareilly' trend on the micro-blogging site.
I can't believe the ATC won't let me take off...saying it's not safe..my heart is breaking..this was supposed to be such a special moment. I actually may miss it..#Bareillycalling- PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) December 24, 2017
I'm terribly sorry Priyanka that you are able to receive you Doctorate in person. I know how much you were looking forward to reconnecting with Bareilly. You are surely missed by all in-Dor...PC maniac (@doradams2313) December 24, 2017
The actor also came out with a statement afterwards, which said that it was not just the convocation that she was looking forward to, but also in reconnecting with her past life in Bareilly, a city she would have visited after a gap of around five years.
"I was really looking forward to going back to Bareilly... Not just to receive the honorary doctorate but also to see old friends and family and just reconnect with a city that has been such an important part of my life," Ms Chopra said in her statement.
In her statement, Ms Chopra also said her team had explored all options possible, but that the fog had "put to rest all plans for today."
She also thanked the university for understanding her inability to attend the function and wished good luck for the university's graduating students.