Pakistani film and television actress Veena Malik has denied posing nude for the title cover of an Indian magazine, which has sparked controversy about the actress.
In a video showing the controversial Pakistani actress speaking on phone from India to a private TV channel, Malik denied doing a photo shoot without clothes for the Indian magazine FHM. She said she did shoot for the magazine but remained dressed, and the nude picture on the magazine cover title, showing the initials ISI written on her arm, was just a manipulated version. Malik said she was shocked to see the nude photo and also that the putting the text on her arm was the idea of the magazine’s editor Kabir Sharma.
Answering the news anchor’s question, Veena Malik said the point in flashing the ISI initials was to satirize the general Indian attitude of putting the blame of everything destructive on ISI, Pakistan’s key intelligence agency. This was confirmed by Sharma in his telephonic talk with the same channel, with the video uploaded to YouTube, though he insisted that Malik indeed had shot that photo and it was not edited in any manner. When asked what she would do about the matter, Malik said she would talk to Sharma first, asking him to explain the matter. She said she already had spoken with her lawyer about it and if Sharma didn’t “clear” the issue, she would certainly have a legal notice sent to him.
Veena Malik came to controversial attention in media last year when she was shown getting intimate with Indian actor Ashmit Patel in the 4th Season of the popular reality show Bigg Boss. Malik has since then appeared on a number of talk shows, defending herself against criticism by orthodox Islamic elements of the country.