Salman Khan
Salman Khan has been meeting Rajkumar Santoshi regularly to fine-tune the script of their next film together. Pictured: Bollywood actor Salman Khan attends the music launch of his new film 'Marigold' in Mumbai July 17, 2007.Reuters/Punit Paranjpe

On the sidelines of the Golden Petal Awards 2016, Salman Khan jokingly said it was surprising that he wasn't asked to perform at the show adding that he was "sidelined" after "Bigg Boss 9" went off-air. And now, he skips the mini "Bigg Boss" reunion at Colors' annual bash.

Although, there's no way to confirm if the superstar was miffed with the organisers, one can't help but put two and two together. While Salman's presence sure would have added charm, the event wasn't a dampener without him.

Mandana Karimi, whose devil-may-care attitude on "BB9" put her on the map, walked in with boyfriend Gaurav Gupta. Staying true to her element, the Iranian beauty looked past most of her fellow contestants, Mumbai Mirror reports.

Suyyash Rai and Kishwer Merchantt attended the do looking content in each other's company; but one-time couple Tanishaa Mukerji and Armaan Kohli was far from it. Ekta Kapoor stepped in with bestie Anita Hassanandani, whose husband, Rohit Shetty, tagged along with Jeetendra.

Varun Dhawan and Anil Kapoor were twinning in navy-blue suits. They shared a word or two on the red carpet and posed for the shutterbugs. Gautam Gulati, who disappeared from the spotlight right after he became a household name with his stint in "BB8," was present too. Madhuri Dixit Nene chatted away with Karan Johar, whose sequin-heavy footwear stole the show, the leading daily reported.

Malaika Arora Khan and Kapil Sharma were two stars who gave the party a miss. While the model-actress' reasons are clear, the funny-man peeled away from the channel a few months ago, when it decided to replace him with another host.

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