The entire Bachchan family was missing from the last week’s Filmfare Awards. Sources say Shah Rukh Khan’s presence could be the reason.

The who’s who of Bollywood was there at one of the most prestigious award shows for Hindi Film Industry on Saturday. But the absence of the Bachchans stood out among the galaxy of stars.

The purported reason for the Bachchans’ absence was that they are mourning the passing away of Amitabh Bachchan’s mother Teji Bachchan, late last year. But the reason looks flimsy because the family was seen in quite a jolly mood at the premiere of bahu Aishwarya Rai ’s film Jodhaa Akbar in mid Feb.

And let us not forget that the entire family had got together in Jaipur in the first week of February to celebrate the birthday of Abhishek Bachchan . It was another thing that the celebrations were cancelled at the eleventh hour after Amitabh Bachchan caught flu.

And if the family is really bereaving, would Abhishek and Aishwarya be seen dancing at the sangeet function of musician Ayaan Ali’s wedding recently?

Sources say that in all likelihood, the Bachchans stayed away from Filmfare Awards because Shah Rukh Khan was the co-host of a significant portion for the show along with Saif Ali Khan .

The family has apparently not yet forgotten SRK’s controversial joke on Big B’s good friend Amar Singh at the Filmfare Awards last year. After a raunchy performance by females on stage, SRK had joked that he could see “darindagi” (beastliness) in Amar Singh’s eyes. It was a remark which Singh did not take lightly and expressed his disapproval.

And since Big B considers Amar Singh as his “brother”, he decided to stay away from this year’s Filmfare Awards on Saturday because Singh was definitely not going to attend the function.

A reliable source tells us that Big B has no ill feelings towards SRK. But he also doesn’t want to hurt the feelings of Amar Singh by attending the show where Singh was “humiliated” last year.

Whatever the case, we think it all is much ado about nothing.