Last night, at the gala reception hosted for newlyweds Preity Zinta and Gene Goodenough, there was a hint of another announcement. Salman Khan walked in with rumoured girlfriend Iulia Vantur. This was the first time the superstar attended a public event with Iulia.

Though they came in separate cars (Salman by himself and Iulia with Salman’s sister Alvira Khan and her husband Atul Agnihotri), the pair made an entry together. Sending fans into a frenzy, it addded fuel to the biggest gossip in Tinsel Town ‘Is Bollywood’s most eligible bachelor taken?’

Walking hand-in-hand at a party is a popular way of validating a relationship in Bollywood circles. Previously, rumours of Sanjay Dutt and Maanayata getting married were triggered off when the couple walked in together at the Screen Awards in 2007. The news of their relationship spread like wildfire and almost a year later, they were married.

Similarly, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor started dating each other during the shooting of ‘Tashan’ (2008). Theirs was a hush-hush affair and only when the duo walked in together at Manish Malhotra’s party, did people find out about them for real.

 Sometimes, celebrities do not believe in professing their love in a grand way or making lovey-dovey statements. Walking in with their partners is enough to convey what they mean to them. So are we quite ready to admit Salman Khan is not a bachelor anymore? Well, let’s wait till we hear it from the horse’s mouth.