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BBC goofs up on Shashi Kapoors death news; apologises

BBC goofs up on Shashi Kapoors death news; apologises

Shashi Kapoor acted in over 150 films and his character left a stamp on the audience even if the film failed at the box office which speaks volumes of his acting skills.

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

It comes just days after BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour mixed up a Japanese doctor and a Vietnamese film maker.




Bollywood celebrities like Sanjay Dutt, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Suresh Oberoi, Saif Ali Khan, Salim Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Anil Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Shakti Kapoor, and Supriya Pathak, among others, were present at the cremation.

The program's editor Paul Royall apologised on Twitter on Tuesday for the mistake hours after the bulletin was aired. And many amongst those to criticise it were the corporation's own stars. It's poor when it would have taken them seconds to verify. And finally, BBC rendered an apology by issuing a statement which said, "BBC News at Ten is very sorry the wrong images were used to mark the death of Shashi Kapoor".

The Bollywood icon Shashi Kapoor died on Monday at the age of 79 after a long illness. They too, later apologised. 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.