BBC in racism row after using Amitabh's image in Shashi Kapoor obit

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 06, 2017 08:24 hrs
Amitabh and Shashi

London: The BBC has landed itself in a new racism row after it used footage of the wrong Bollywood star in its obituary.

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

Actor Adil Ray, who stars in BBC comedy Citizen Khan, said it was "poor when it would have taken them seconds to verify".

Other viewers also complained on social media.

BBC News at 10 editor Paul Royall apologised for the error in a statement on Twitter, saying the slip was not of the programme's "usual standards".

Kapoor, a prolific Bollywood actor and producer from the 1970s and 80s, died after a long illness in Mumbai early on December 4.

Among his memorable films were Deewar, Kabhie Kabhie, Namak Halal and Kaala Pathar.

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