A unit hand says, "Malaika comes off and on to the sets, but she has chosen to skip the last few days of shoot. We have not been informed about the reason."

An industry insider, however, claims that Malaika is playing truant on purpose. "The real reason behind her absence is that she and Arbaaz are going through some personal issues. In order to avoid a public squabble, she is staying away," says the source.

When we contacted Malaika, she said, "The show format is such that I come in for special episodes. There is no problem between Arbaaz and me. I have not been missing. I had signed up for a few episodes only."


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