Condolences and tributes poured in from all quarters for legendary actor Shashi Kapoor who breathed his last on Monday. He died at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai on December 4 at the age of 79. Shashi Kapoor was the first Indian actor to perform in international cinema. He was known for his charming smile and was often described by his fans as the ‘handsomest star ever’. India, especially Bollywood fraternity, has indeed lost a great star.
Shashi Kapoor’s death was a news not just in India but abroad too. It is being announced on BBC as well and the channel paid tributes to the late veteran actor.
However, the news channel faced a massive backlash, mainly from the Indian side, after it played the footage of actors Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor while announcing the news of the actor’s demise.
The video clip of the footage soon made its way to Twitter and this is what the social media users has bombarded the channel with for its lack of knowledge and research.
— Media Diversified (@WritersofColour) December 4, 2017
Some even ask for apology from the channel:
RIP Shashi Kapoor 🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/XMT4QJCy53
— GABBAR (@Gabbar_food) December 4, 2017
Lack of knowledge & research…if you dont know the news in and out dont telecast….reporting standards should be strict and punishable
— Swapna Kashyap (@SwapnaKashyap) December 5, 2017
Did BBC News at 10 cover the Shashi Kapoor story but just showed footage of Amitabh Bhachan and Rishi Kapoor? I’m no Bollywood expert but that’s what it looked like to me. My sister thought Amitabh had died as well!? 😳
— Trishna Bharadia (@TrishnaBharadia) December 4, 2017
@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
— Graeme (@Lurganexile) December 4, 2017
BBC editor Paul Royall, however, later said this was not up to the channel’s usual standards and apologized for the gaffe.
#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.
— Paul Royall (@paulroyall) December 4, 2017
This, however, has not been the only case of mistaken identity. On Monday, a national news channel also committed a mistake by tweeting Shashi Tharoor instead of Shashi Kapoor and got terribly trolled for it forcing the Congress leader to clarify the confusion. This is what he tweeted:
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) December 4, 2017
Shashi Kapoor made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film ‘Dharmputra’ and went on to appear in more than 116 films during the ’70s and until the mid ’80s. ‘Deewar’, ‘Kabhie Kabhie’, ‘Namak Halal’ and ‘Kaala Pathar’ were some of his great hits and memorable films. He also acted in several British and American films.
He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2011 and received Dada Saheb Phalke award in 2015.
It is said that Shashi Kapoor had kidney problem and was on dialysis for several years. The actor was married to late English actress Jennifer Kendal, with whom he set up Mumbai’s iconic Prithvi Theatre in 1978. His sister-in-law is British actress Felicity Kendal. Rest in peace, the ‘handsomest star’.