Is Salman Khan being phased out of Bigg Boss?

The Aapka Farmaan episode this weekend had a sorry surprise for all Salman Khan fans. The Dabangg Khan and his dynamism went missing and in his place, co-host Sanjay Dutt made a solo appearance. Dressed in an overtly garish pink coat, Sanju baba told the viewers that “Bhai” (as Sallu is lovingly referred to) was busy shooting abroad.

However, inside sources have it that this disappearance is not as sudden as it appears. The buzz goes that it was always part of the deal that Bigg Boss will reduce his appearances in the coming weeks. “This was done, considering his recent health issues and busy schedule for Yashraj Films’ next venture Ek Tha Tiger,” says an industry source.

Though the development has left a lot of Bigg Boss and Salman loyalists disappointed, Bollwood’s celebrity publicist Dale Bhagwagar thinks the development will be received well in time. “As any change takes some time to be accepted, this too will fall into place in a week or two,” he says. The only tip the public relations expert has for Sanju baba is to be himself. “Sanju has his own style and unique charm. The best way for Sanju will be to tread his own path.”

But only time will tell, whether Sanju manages to garner the same kind of attention and generate the similar hype and hoopla which Salman created with his spicy zing on Bigg Boss.