BBC's Shashi Kapoor tribute plays visuals of Rishi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Twitter left fuming

BBC found itself at the receiving end of ire after it used visuals of Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor to announce demise of Shashi Kapoor

On the fateful night of December 4, Monday, when a nation of 1.3 billion people and cinema lovers across the globe were mourning the death of one of Bollywood’s greatest actors Shashi Kapoor, BBC was left red-faced after its careless reportage. The media giant aired clips of Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in their segment News at Ten hosted by Huw Edwards while announcing the demise of 79-year-old Shashi Kapoor.

The segment showed a clip of Amitabh Bachchan from Kabhie Kabhie and the next one showed Rishi Kapoor dancing with a guitar.

Here is the clip of the segment:

The channel did not show Shashi Kapoor’s face even once, a fact that has not escaped social media’s notice. The presenter and the team did not care enough to cross-check and know more about Shashi Kapoor, who along with featuring in over 150 Indian films, had also appeared in English movies like Shakespeare Wallah and Pretty Polly.

Also read: Why we needed Shashi Kapoor in an Amitabh Bachchan world

Twitter users made sure BBC paid for their rare ‘journalistic error’ and slammed the channel for its ignorance. Not only Indians, the barrage of criticism for BBC’s lax reportage came from many around the globe.

Here are a few tweets slamming the sheer ignorance of BBC:

One Twitter users said BBC should introduce cultural diversity in their newsroom to ensure these mistakes didn’t happen again:

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The programme’s editor Pay Royall took to Twitter to apologise for the gaffe and said it did not comply with the ‘usual standards’.


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