BBC accused of racism after it played a clip of the Amitabh and Rishi Kapoor to mark death of Bollywood legend Shashi Kapoor


The BBC has landed itself in a new racism row after it used footage of the wrong Bollywood star in a 10 O’Clock News 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.

It comes just days after BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour mixed up a Japanese doctor and a Vietnamese film maker.

The BBC said that Trinh T Minh-ha had mistakenly stood up when a junior member of the programme’s production team came into the waiting area and called for Dr Riko Muranaka, but listeners described the error as a “car crash”, with one suggesting that “perhaps all Asians look the same to the Woman’s Hour team”.

There was a similar backlash to the 10 O’Clock News mix-up, with viewers describing it as “shocking”.


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


Trishna Bharadia, a multiple sclerosis fundraiser and campaigner who appeared on the Comic Relief special The People’s Strictly on BBC1 in 2015, also expressed surprise at the mistake:






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.

He made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film “Dharmputra” and went on to appear in more than 116 films.

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

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