Shashi Kapoor: Remembering Bollywood's crossover star

Carla Harmon
December 6, 2017

While the Indian media covered the news of his demise extensively and how the entire film fraternity offered condolences, worldwide media too aired news of the death of India's first crossover star.

Mumbai: Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor passed away after a prolonged battle with illness in Mumbai on Monday.

BBC was accused of racism after this mistake and people all over social media questioned BBC on its stupidity for not being able to tell a difference between two brown actors.

Actor Shashi Kapoor died aged 79, but the tribute to the star on the broadcaster's flagship news programme mistakenly used footage of Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor.

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

This video brought about severe criticism for the news channel. It's poor when it would have taken them seconds to verify.

In a statement, the BBC said: "BBC News at Ten is very sorry the wrong images were used to mark the death of Shashi Kapoor". They also apologised later on.

Romantic screen icon of the 70s and 80s Shashi Kapoor has been cremated with state funeral in the presence of his family members and film fraternity.

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