While the Indian media covered the news of his demise extensively and how the entire film fraternity offered condolences, global media too aired news of the death of India's first crossover star.
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.
Some of his most sucessful films include Kabhi Kabhie (1976), Jaanwar Aur Insaan (1972), Pighalta Aasman (1985), Doosara Aadmi (1977), Baseraa (1981), Suhana Safar (1970), Zameen Aasman.
Presenter Huw Edwards announced the death of the veteran actor by playing two video clips but sadly none of the clips showed Shashi Kapoor. BBC, an worldwide news channel did the biggest blunder as they played a video with clippings of Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor, instead of Shashi Kapoor. One clip had Amitabh Bachchan while the other had Shashi's nephew Rishi Kapoor. It's poor when it would have taken them seconds to verify.
Images of Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor's presence at sanctum sanctorum of Braham Kund at Har-Ki-Pauri are still fresh in the mind of teerth purohit stan Times. "Not our usual standards and I apologize for any upset".
Aasmah Mir, who presents Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4, said she was "really annoyed" by the error.
An Indian television news channel too mistakenly tweeted the demise of Congress politician Shashi Tharoor, while reporting on Kapoor's death on Monday.