Kunal M Shah, Mumbai Mirror | Jun 28, 2011, 09.25am IST

Bigg Boss season 5 gets bigger. Sanjay Dutt has taken over from his good friend Sallu as the host of the show. This time around the show will have the original macho man of Bollywood hosting it. With special appearances by Salman.

In fact, it was Salman Khan who suggested Sanjubaba's name. A source revealed, "After Amitabh, it was Salman Khan who was arguably the most popular host of the show so far. However Salman, who was supposed to host the fifth season as well is tied up with too many film commitments.

He has to shoot for Sher Khan immediately after Bodyguard. Then he has Kabir Khan's Ek Tha Tiger, Nadiadwala's Kick and Dabangg 2. Considering his busy schedule, Salman suggested the show producers that they approach Sanjay Dutt for the show."

The channel approached Sanjay and after a few meetings the deal was sealed. "However, Sanjay is yet to sign the dotted lines. But everything has been chalked out. The show goes on air in October. Karan Johar's Agneepath will be wrapped up by then. He will start shooting for Bigg Boss immediately after that," said the source.

Another source added, "The channel was keen to retain Salman. However, when they approached him, he expressed his inability to do the show."

Sanjubaba however, took his time to decide on his first television commitment. "He will soon sign the papers and will officially confirm the news. The production house has also also started approaching the contestants for the new season," added the source.

There were speculations of Sanjay making his small screen debut as the host in Dus Ka Dum.

When contacted, the channel spokesperson denied the news. And Sanjay Dutt remained unavailable for comments.