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Uh, Oh! BBC Airs Clips Of BigB And Rishi Kapoor For Shashi Kapoor Tribute

In a tribute to Shashi Kapoor, BBC showed clips of Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor instead.

Anurag Verma | CNN-News18@kitAnurag

Updated:December 5, 2017, 5:06 PM IST
Uh, Oh! BBC Airs Clips Of BigB And Rishi Kapoor For Shashi Kapoor Tribute
Screenshots from video uploaded by RRaman Kumar (@RRamanKumar) | Twitter
Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor passed away at the age of 79 on Monday evening in Mumbai and left the film fraternity in deep shock. Many took to Twitter to express their grief and offer condolences to the family.

As many TV channels came forward and paid respects to the star, it was BBC's goof-up that received severe flak on social media.

The news channel aired clips of Shashi Kapoor's co-star Amitabh Bachchan and nephew Rishi Kapoor in a report while the anchor spoke about Kapoor's illustrious journey and contribution to the industry.

Soon, the outrage brigade came out in full force seeking an apology from the channel.

Strangely enough, BBC chose to air clips of two different people (Big B and Rishi Kapoor) and apparently couldn't tell them apart. Even worse, Shashi Kapoor was also part of this 1976 Yash Chopra movie who unfortunately couldn't make it to the report.

Following the social media outrage, Paul Royall, Editor, BBC News posted an apology on Twitter saying, "#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."

As it happens, this isn't the first time a channel has made a gaffe in their tribute to the veteran actor.

Shortly after the legendary actor died, a channel accidentally tweeted the Congress MP's name by mistake.

Soon Tharoor's office was flooded with calls and he responded on Twitter in his own inimitable way.

"We're getting condolence calls in the office! Reports of my demise are, if not exaggerated, at least premature" Tharoor tweeted. It's the author-politician's take off on the famous quote attributed to the legendary Mark Twain.

The journalist apologised for his mistake and wished Tharoor a healthy life. The Congress MP graciously accepted the apology and wrote, “Mistakes happen. Glad to be able to crack a smile at a tragic moment.”

Tharoor also tweeted out a heartfelt condolence message and said it 'feels a part of me is gone'.

“A great actor, smart, cosmopolitan, impossibly handsome & w/a name that was often confused w/mine. (My office got two calls from journalists today about my reportedly serious ill-health!) I will miss #ShashiKapoor. Condolences2his family&all his fans (sic),” he wrote.

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