Indians were quite upset with the mix up. Many slammed BBC and even asked them to hire proper researchers.

Do all brown guys look the same BBC shows Amitabh Rishi instead of Shashi KapoorFrom left: Amitabh, Shashi, Rishi (Screenshots/YouTube)
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The death of veteran Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor sent waves of grief and shock throughout the country on Tuesday.

News channels came up with packages looking back at some of his work, as images of his old films and songs he made iconic flashed on screen.

But something rather bizarre happened when BBC covered the news of Shashi’s death.

The news anchor announced his death and the screen cut to visuals of… Amitabh Bachchan from the 1976-film Kabhie Kabhie. And no, the visuals did not move on to Shashi Kapoor after that, but to Rishi Kapoor.

So, in the entire sequence, until the anchor moved on to the next news, there was no sign of Shashi Kapoor. Some people recorded the footage and questioned BBC’s ignorance on social media.

Watch the video here:

Looks like BBC, which is generally known for accurate and ethical reportage, seriously messed up this time. And the mix-up has not gone down well with Indians, who called BBC out for their ignorance. Many asked them to hire better researchers for their show.

For nostalgia's sake, here's a photo of Shashi, Rishi and Amitabh Bachchan together, tweeted by the latter two years ago. 

BBC isn’t the only news channel to goof up. Times Now put out a tweet on Monday stating filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar remembered "Shashi Tharoor" for his work in parallel cinema. The Thiruvananthapuram MP, however, was quick to tweet saying that his office had been receiving condolence calls.

"Reports of my demise are, if not exaggerated, at least premature," Shashi Tharoor tweeted.

Times Now, however, put out a tweet apologising for a "typographical error".

"We apologize for the typographical error on our end. @ShashiTharoor we wish you good health," it said.

Shashi Kapoor was born as Balbir Raj Kapoor in March 18, 1938 to renowned actor Prithviraj Kapoor. He came from a family of actors - his brothers were the late Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor.

Having worked as a child actor in Aag and Awaara, Shashi Kapoor debuted as a hero in the Dharmputra in 1961. He rose in popularity and was one of the top names in Bollywood in the 1970s and early 1980s. 

Some of his famous and most iconic films include Deewar, Satyam Shivam Sundaram and Kabhie Kabhie.

He was married to Anglo-Indian actor Jennifer Kendal and is survived by his sons Karan and Kunal and daughter Sanjana Kapoor. The funeral is being held on Tuesday.

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