Says the source, "Aarti normally comes for all events and functions with her mother but for the first time, at Shashi and Anu Ranjan's ITA awards on Monday at Bhavan's in Andheri, she brought her close friend along. His name is Khalid and he's an industrialist. Aarti and his parents are close family friends and both have been going around for the last couple of years."
The source adds, "Though later Shaad Randhawa joined them for a major part of the event, Aarti and her friend stuck close, holding hands and whispering into each other's ears. People present there were quite surprised at Aarti's public display of affection."
Aarti initially sticks to the "we are just good friends" routine, then later gets hyper. She says, "I wasn't alone with him. Shaad Randhawa, my co-star in Shashi Ranjan's Dhoom Dhadakka met us there. Please don't write about it as the guy concerned and my parents are family friends and the story will create unnecessary complications.
Khalid is a very old and dear friend and a very nice guy. Normally, I always go with my mom for these events but as she was busy, I took Khalid along. Please don't write about us as he will get very upset."
Aarti disconnects and calls back after five minutes requesting us not to mention Khalid's name in the article. "He says he doesn't want his name to be featured." So why did he hide his face when we took the pictures? Aarti denies it vehemently. "Why should he hide? Of course he wasn't hiding his face!" We'll let you, dear reader, be the judge of that.