Indian cinema lost a gem of an artist on Monday. Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor passed away at his residence after a period of hospitalisation. He was 79. Condolences started pouring in for the actor from all over the world. While being one of the superstars of Indian cinema should have been enough, having worked in English projects such as Side Streets (1998) and Gulliver's Travles (1996), he was also a known name internationally. With thoughts and prayers for him pouring in for him from all directions, BBC News Ten lagged behind on research and made a huge blunder.
The British news broadcast also covered the news of Shashi's death and paid their respect to the legendary actor. But while doing so, the visual clips that were played were not of the actor. What can only be called a grave mistake, BBC ran footage of Amitabh Bachchan from the film Kabhi Kabhi (1976), as they talked about Shashi. Kabhi Kabhi did star Shashi Kapoor as well. That doesn't end there. You'd think they have only confused Shashi with Amitabh, but another clip soon followed suite and visuals of another actor, Rishi Kapoor - Shashi's nephew - were played on screen. The screen recording of this segment was uploaded by an enraged fan on Twitter and instantly the news spread. Twitterati lashed out at BBC News Ten with the action being called disrespectful and even racist by some.
The news channel was quick to realise their mistake and editor, Paul Royall, sent out a tweet. "#BBCNewsTen is very sorry wrong images were used to mark the death of Shashi Kapoor. Not our usual standards and I apologise for any upset," he wrote.
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