Here's why Shashi Tharoor was getting condolence calls

The mistake happened after a news channel's Twitter handle wrote Shashi Tharoor instead of veteran actor-filmmaker Shashi Kapoor, who died Monday.

New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran actor-filmmaker Shashi Kapoor died on Monday at a hospital in Mumbai. But it was Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who was getting condolence calls.

'"We're getting condolence calls in the office. Reports of my demise are, if not exaggerated, at least premature. #ShashiKapoor," Tharoor tweeted on Monday.

The mistake happened after a news channel's Twitter handle wrote Shashi Tharoor instead of Shashi Kapoor, who was 79.

But the politician said he had 'no problem as mistakes happen'. “Glad to be able to crack a smile at a tragic moment,” he tweeted.

Tharoor also paid tribute to the youngest son of late Prithviraj Kapoor and brother of late Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor.

"I feel a part of me is gone. A great actor, smart, cosmopolitan, impossibly handsome and w/a name that was often confused w/mine. (My office got two calls from journalists today about my reportedly serious ill-health!) I will miss Shashi Kapoor. Condolences to his family and all his fans," he tweeted.

In Thiruvananthapuram, a close aide of Tharoor told IANS that the MP's office in Delhi had been getting a flurry of telephone calls from several people, including journalists, asking about Tharoor since Monday evening.

The aide said initially all of them were perplexed over the many calls.

"Later, we understood there was a goof up by a TV channel who got it wrong after Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor passed away," said the aide.

Tharoor, who was in Kerala capital and was visiting coastal villages hit by Cyclone Ockhi, had caught a bad cold and cough.

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