But the error was criticised by some of the corporation's own stars on social media.
The Citizen Khan star tweeted: "Someone at the BBC thought the brown person in this VT is the same person".
Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor's demise on Monday is being grieved by all Bollywood fans in India as well as outside the country. "BBC must apologise, clearly they have no clue".
However, when the BBC covered the news of his death, viewers were quick to point out that they'd actually used footage of fellow Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan to illustrate the story. "My sister thought Amitabh had died as well!?"
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On Monday evening's News at Ten, two video clips were played as presenter Huw Edwards announced the Bollywood actor had died aged 79.
Neetu, recalled a treasured and cherished memory of Shashi Kapoor as a child by sharing an iconic photograph of the actor with his father and Kapoor patriarch Prithviraj Kapoor.
The programme's editor Paul Royall apologised on Twitter for the mistake shortly after the bulletin aired. Yesterday, a news channel was trolled for writing "Shashi Tharoor" instead of "Shashi Kapoor" in a tweet about his death.
He made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film "Dharmputra" and went on to appear in more than 116 films during the '70s and until the mid '80s.