There has been speculation in recent times that Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif are back together. Fact is, the mega star has always cared about the actress and friends and family always known that he has a soft spot for her. Katrina is also very close to his sisters Alvira Agnihotri and Arpita Khan Sharma and the star’s closeness to the actress was perceptible when the two hung out together majority of the time at Salman, Alvira and Arpita’s Diwali party last week.
However an important absentee was Salman Khan’s close friend Iulia Vantur who was missing from the bash. Incidentally, Iulia and Katrina have met earlier and shared cordial relations too. Iulia had wished Katrina at the actress’s birthday party held at Salman’s suite in Sheraton Times Square, New York City, post the IIFA finale at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
Says a source, “At Arpita Khan Sharma’s Diwali party, when Katrina Kaif came attired resplendently (almost like a bride) in pink and gold, the question of everybody’s lips was – where was Salman’s close friend Iulia Vantur? She was in Romania getting her visa renewed but interestingly, it was close to expiry date but had not expired. Why did Iulia leave in such a hurry on the same day as Salman threw his Diwali party? Not that she was missed much as Katrina mingled with the guests as it were her own party. Katrina has always been very close to the Khandaan too and she posed with Alvira and Arpita (who even called her among her favourite people) at the Diwali party so it was quite obvious that Katrina Kaif had the Khan family stamp of approval. Apparently, most of the time the actress spent was with Salman. They seemed like a couple and tongues started wagging the next day that Salman and Katrina were back together. Katrina appears to be happy as she basks in their renewed closeness today.”
Another big reason for people to that Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan are back together is the fact that she turned down a big film like Kesari opposite Akshay Kumar for Salman. The source adds, “Salman was to do Kesari produced by Karan Johar but opted out for reasons of his own. Katrina was approached to act as Akshay’s wife in the film but she had to politely decline because of Salman’s fall out with Karan and Akshay and the role finally has gone to Parineeti Chopra. It was completely her decision as Salman has never interfered in her career choices till now and never will.”
Salman Khan has always been someone who has worn his heart on his sleeve while Katrina Kaif is more reserved and wary when it comes to her relationships. It was during the shoot of Tiger Zinda Hai in Austria that Katrina and Salman became close again. Speculation started when Salman posted a pic of him and Katrina from Tiger Zinda Hai during their Austria shoot in March on his social media. He hasn’t put up pics of any of his actress friends (co-stars yes) till now but put up Katrina’s pic thrice while she too posted a cozy picture of the two while shooting for Tiger Zinda Hai in Abu Dhabi – Salman was seen with a towel wrapped around his head and the actress snuggling behind him. Buzz is, that it was Salman who spoke to Aditya Chopra and got her a role in Thugs Of Hindostan at the last moment when negotiations with Shraddha Kapoor fell through.
The next few months will be interesting to note – whether they come out into the open as a couple before their much-awaited release Tiger Zinda Hai? Or keep hanging around under the cloak-and-disguise act of being just good friends – when the obvious fact remains that they are definitely more than just that.