"I dedicate today’s episode to you.”
Salman Khan paid a tribute to late actor Sidharth Shukla on Bigg Boss 15 on a special Weekend Ka Vaar episode.
Talking about Sidharth Shukla, who was the winner of Bigg Boss 13, Salman also dedicated the episode to him.
Salman often applauded Sidharth for his conduct on the show.
Salman walked onto the stage and said:
“Today is the birthday of the Bigg Boss winner who is no longer with us.
“The irreplaceable Sidharth Shukla.”
Viewers were shown a montage of various moments from Sidharth Shukla’s journey inside the Bigg Boss 13 house.
Salman Khan added: “You left us too soon buddy.
“Missing you, and wishing you on this very special day. I dedicate today’s episode to you.”
Salman also told the current Bigg Boss 15 contestants that nobody will ever be able to be like him.
Sidharth Shukla died after suffering from a cardiac arrest on September 2, 2021.
After winning Bigg Boss 13, Sidharth returned to the show in the following seasons and made appearances.
In Bigg Boss 14, he participated as a ‘senior’ and he was also a guest on Bigg Boss OTT.
Sidharth also recently became the most tweeted Bigg Boss personality of 2021.
Netizens flocked to social media to share messages for the late actor.
One user wrote: “One of the best Bigg Boss contestants. We still miss you champ.”
Sidharth Shukla made his acting debut in 2008 with the TV show Babul Ka Aangann Chootey Na.
After his appearance in the popular TV show Balika Vadhu: Kacchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte, Sidharth starred in the TV show Dil Se Dil Tak alongside Rashami Desai.
The actor also participated in TV reality shows such as Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 7 and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6.
His death left many in shock especially his mother Rita Shukla and rumoured girlfriend Shehnaaz Gill.
Shehnaaz Gill shared an image of Sidharth on Instagram to mark his birthday on December 12, 2021.
Shehnaaz Gill met Sidharth Shukla on Bigg Boss 13 and grew close together.
Although they never officially acknowledged their relationship, they were often spotted together by the paparazzi.
After Bigg Boss 13, Shehnaaz and Sidharth appeared on several reality shows together including Dance Deewane 3.
The duo also featured in music videos together.
The singer-actress was last seen in the comedy-drama Punjabi film Honsla Rakh alongside Diljit Dosanjh and Sonam Bajwa.
Hina Khan also paid tribute to Sidharth Shukla.
She took to her Instagram Story to share a fan’s birthday post for the television actor.