Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

BBC Draws Flak for Gaffe in Tribute Video for Shashi Kapoor

BBC Draws Flak for Gaffe in Tribute Video for Shashi Kapoor

Veteran Bollywood actor and producer Shashi Kapoor has passed away on Monday after prolonged illness, according to media reports.

Two video clips were shown on Monday evening news where the presenter Huw Edwards told the viewers about the death of the Bollywood actor.

Mumbai: The film industry and fans are still mourning the death of Shashi Kapoor.

"At that time Dilip Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Dev Anand, Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan were top male stars, but Shashi Kapoor had his own charisma". They too, later apologised. "Not our usual standards and I apologise for any upset". Adil Ray, the creator and co-writer of BBC One's Citizen Khan, tweeted: "Someone at the BBC thought the brown person in this VT is the same person". It's poor when it would have taken them seconds to verify.


Aasmah Mir, who presents Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4, said she was "really annoyed" by the error. Also one recollects how an Indian TV channel mistakenly addressed Congress politician Shashi Tharoor instead of Shashi Kapoor while reporting about his demise on Twitter.

While Randhir Kapoor confirmed the news, the other celebrities from the Kapoor family have not reacted to Shashi Kapoor's death. They also apologised later on.

The death of the renowned actor, who acted in about 100 films, was covered by media across the world, with leading publications paying tribute to the Bollywood legend.

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