The Indian film industry mourned the death of actor Shashi Kapoor, as friends and admirers — led by Lata Mangeshkar, Shyam Benegal and Aamir Khan — recalled his passion for cinema, while paying homage to a man known for his easy charm and good nature.
The actor, aged 79, breathed his last at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital at 5.20pm yesterday. While the entire Bollywood fraternity came together to pay last respect to the veteran actor, the media covered the funeral which ran constantly on news channels and websites.
BBC too marked its tribute to the seasoned actor but ended up being extremely ignorant. They reported the death of Shashi Kapoor by playing the video clips of Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor instead.
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— Media Diversified (@WritersofColour) December 4, 2017
Soon after, Twitter lost their cool and trolled BBC for their foolishness. Th channel has even been accused of racism for not able to differentiate the brown actors.
@BBCNews Too bad BBC News at 10 you broadcasted the news of Shashi Kapoors demise with film snippets of Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan in it, two completely wrong and totally alive actors. Correct film, Kabhi Kabhi, but wrong actors aired. Very stupid and rude indeed!
— Dee Akther (@DeeAkther) December 4, 2017
— Mita Morris (@MitaMorris) December 4, 2017
Quite an achievement……. if nobody in the BBC newsroom knows what Shashi Kapoor looks like maybe time to widen the pool of journalists. https://t.co/0gDmRvFuwz
— Robert Verkaik (@robertverkaik1) December 5, 2017
Well done #BBC news by highlighting the death of Shashi Kapoor by showcasing the wrong actors 🙄 Amitah Bachan is not SK, nor is Rishi Kapoor – that’s his son! 🤦🏽♀️
— Rajvee Purohit (@rajvee21) December 4, 2017
Now in a statement, the BBC apologised and said: “BBC News at Ten is very sorry the wrong images were used to mark the death of Shashi Kapoor.The piece did not meet its usual standards and the programme has apologised for any upset.”