Veena Malik: The new Munni

Published: February 1, 2012

The controversial actor has appeared in an item number called “Channo” for a Bollywood film. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: 

Veena Malik is one of those rare celebrities that no matter how much you write about her, it’s never really enough. Maybe it’s because she hasn’t taken the Meera route to fame which means making hilarious grammatical errors nor Mathira’s road which meant becoming infamous for late night shenanigans and fading away after that. On the other hand, Veena used her signature sleaze not merely for cheap thrills and quick laughs but to carve her way into Bollywood. With her latest appearance in Bollywood being an item number called “Channo”, she has, in essence, climbed to the status of item girls Katrina Kaif and Malaika Aurora. 

Perpetually caught in a controversy or another, the recent news about Malik slapping her cast member Vedita Pratap Singh while shooting a fight sequence for their film Mumbai 125km made the rounds. Although she vehemently denied it, we all know how dodgy her denials can be. And it’s some of these doings and denials that have made her what she is today. In a way, credit must be given to the lady herself for capitalising on her controversies and making her item number get noticed in such a competitive industry.

Even more interesting is the rumour that Nicole Kidman was supposed to feature in the item number “Channo” but when the deal couldn’t get finalised, Veena was the next option. This is something huge for the actor and her cult followers who have exponentially grown after the FHM photo shoot and her verbal bash with a religious cleric over her antics in “Bigg Boss”. People might disagree that featuring in an item number is not that stylish of a break into Bollywood but with all due respect to the public sentiment, a Pakistani actor dancing her way into the Indian film industry is actually a big deal.

Her recent item number also brings back the memories of her old days. She featured in the remake of the 1966 ghazal “Baray Bemurawwat Hein” in which she plays a classical dancer and a mother of one. From playing the concerned mother in the revamped version of Pakistani ghazals to hosting “Hum Sab Umeed Sae Hain”, and finally adding herself to the league of Munnis and Sheilas, Veena has come a long way. We have heard of people who have made it big because of sheer talent and hardwork but this is someone who has really made a career out of controversies.

Golden words

“Don’t have enough words to express my feelings for some people. I wish I had more middle fingers!!!”

Veena Malik expressed her disgust on Twitter when she was accused of assaulting her co-star Vedita Pratap while shooting for her Bollywood film Mumbai 125km.

“I would never strip for any industry.”

Veena Malik after the release of the controversial FHM India shoot

“Why can’t a Pakistani woman dress up the way she wants to? Pakistani girls can’t wear bikinis — they have never asserted their right. I am the one who took up this initiative.”

Veena Malik explains the reason why she did a
“bold shoot”.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 2nd, 2012.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • ZKhan
    Feb 2, 2012 - 12:33AM

    Well it all depends how one sees the things. You expressed your view point effectively. Well done and good luck to V Malik

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  • Saad
    Feb 2, 2012 - 12:36AM

    “Veena Malik is one of those rare celebrities that no matter how much you write about her, it’s never really enough” It is MORE than enough if even if you don’t write about her…… focus on REAL journalism…. stop making ET masala tribune… Thanks!

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  • Naveed
    Feb 2, 2012 - 1:02AM

    Hey writer. I don’t want to see, read, or listen about veena.

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  • Wasim Abbas
    Feb 2, 2012 - 1:48AM

    Seriously, is this a news?

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  • Shakky
    Feb 2, 2012 - 1:52AM

    Is it me or is this woman really not all that. Can’t we at least find prettier women than this to fit the role of controversial celebrity? Its a bit insulting to the country to send items girls to Bollywood who are not item quality.

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  • Amar
    Feb 2, 2012 - 1:53AM

    Hopefully you won’t say ‘Veena should become the Pakistani Ambassador in India’ in your next article.

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  • Afaaq
    Feb 2, 2012 - 2:09AM

    What’s with the fascination with Veena Malik and the ET. Veena Malik hasnt done anything credible to warrant this much attention. If taking your clothes off is a method to get famous, then our newspapers should move to the Red Light District. Lots of news and celebrities …

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  • zain
    Feb 2, 2012 - 4:56AM

    shes a disgrace!!

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  • Not Worth The Ink
    Feb 2, 2012 - 5:26AM

    One fails to understand why is the media so obsessed with this lady that she keeps cropping up in the news for one reason or another……its not even worth the ink on print…..we have thousands of talented people across the country doing great service to the country as teachers, doctors, engineers, scientists, philanthropists, social workers to name a few, whose real life stories and achievements could help inspire hundreds of others…..please please please keep the crap out of your esteemed paper…..no one wants to hear about what this lady is upto, especially after her recent “bold” and highly irresponsible behaviour !!!

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  • kashif
    Feb 2, 2012 - 9:14AM

    Just one thing i want 2 say tht if she is the last women on this planet i would prefer death instead of living with her

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  • Feb 2, 2012 - 9:49AM

    The Media should also STOP covering jaloos & rallies . this way they will also stop coming on the roads & causing traffic jam
    the same way stop covering veena .

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  • Reader
    Feb 2, 2012 - 11:30AM

    Naveed then why come to this page in the 1st place if you ain’t interested… Well say what you have to and make a fool of yourself. You just did the opposite of what ur wrote..

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  • chaudhry
    Feb 2, 2012 - 1:41PM

    Well done Veena. We are proud of you. You have tons of talent.
    Keep it up.

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  • zehra
    Feb 2, 2012 - 2:48PM

    Actually my only objection to the artilce is linking her to katrina and malikas, they are honestly speaking much better, she is certainly comparable to rakhis, meheks and baby doll etc but definately not katrina or malika or that matter vidya kangana! she is trying to get there but she is there is way back in my opinion, nor is she that important in Btown that they will consider her in the same leauge, as much hype she can generate, we all know she will never be treated in the same leauge and nor does she belong in that league right now atleast!

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  • farah
    Feb 2, 2012 - 2:49PM

    very nice article. gud job by writer

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  • Cautious
    Feb 2, 2012 - 2:58PM

    I love Veena Malik

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  • anisa
    Feb 2, 2012 - 3:56PM

    well, firstly if Veena malik is doing item song that’s not something to be proud of. secondly item song is “item song’, no doesn’t matter if Kartrina or Malaika is doing so….i don’t know why writer is feeling proud of this news.

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  • Parvez
    Feb 2, 2012 - 6:23PM

    My original comment got lost in outer space – no big loss.
    Veena has done nothing new or worthy of a ‘ Veena Malik moment ‘ and yet she gets mentioned in the media. Her media person is decidedly good.

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  • Ali
    Feb 2, 2012 - 7:10PM

    VM we love you. Way to go girl!
    Much rather be associated with this internationally famed Pakistani than Ajmal Kasabs or Faisal Shehzad etc any day.

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  • Khan
    Feb 3, 2012 - 5:37PM

    V.Malik is good actoress .

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  • Anjabeen
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:38AM

    Hehehehe! I wonder WHY all the people who are criticising ET for their fascination for Veena Malik have READ this article in the first place?
    I don’t mind anything that would give us some respite from the Daily Headline News of this country and its ways.

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