Veena Malik has stirred controversy in both Pakistan and India -- and this time she is not even involved. An alleged photograph of the actress posing nude appeared on the Indian online edition of the international monthly men's lifestyle magazine FHM on Friday, but her PR manager confirmed to The Express Tribune that the photograph is fake.
Shot with clothes on!
Speaking via telephone on Express News, Veena Malik admitted she had shot for FHM magazine, however the shoot was with clothes on, and none of the poses appearing on the cover were given by her.
She claimed that the picture on the cover of FHM was 'morphed' and that she would be consulting her media adviser and lawyer before taking any action.
"People must know that I am an actress, and any one can take my picture and morph it."
Earlier, when contacted by The Express Tribune, Veena Malik’s PR Manager Sohail Rashid said Malik has not done any such photo shoot.
He added that Malik was unaware about the shoot, since she was currently busy shooting for two movies in India.
Rashid said that she has instructed him to approach their lawyer, on December 3, to deliberate a legal course of action with regards to the matter.
"Veena knows her limits. I know we have done quite bold stuff/shoots, those which are available on our website, but she knows her parameters. Yes we need to be bold for international magazines, but she won't cross her limits," Rashid added.
The picture - which was posted on FHM India’s website, Facebook page and Twitter account simultaneously – was cited as the cover of the magazine’s December 2011 issue.
The actress was shown naked, brandishing an Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) tattoo on her arm, linked to text that says “hand in the end of the world too?”.
The magazine cover made waves online, with many speculating over the authenticity of the photograph.
A Times of India report quoted Malik while speaking during the photo shoot:
"It's tough standing on one leg, while trying to cover up with one hand and running the other through my hair - you guys are going to pay for this."
In a new Times of India report, Veena has been quoted denying she has posed nude for the magazine. She says the photographs have been morphed.
"I have never posed nude. I have never done anything like that ever. My manager and legal team is looking into the matter. We will take legal action against them."
"The picture has been morphed. Its not me. Definitely not."
FHM India Editor Kabeer Sharma denies her claim and says the magazine has proof of the photo shoot.
"The photo shoot was done in Mumbai on November 22. We have a video of the photo shoot."
"I also have an email from Veena in which she says she has seen the photos and is happy with them, and that she's looking forward to seeing the cover."
Not only has the picture got the online community talking, Pakistani diva, Meera – who had earlier called Veena a “cheap girl” – was active on Twitter commenting on the picture:
TheMeeraJee Hhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaa OMG
TheMeeraJee what the f........................
TheMeeraJee Completely mad woman
This is not the first time that FHM India has been accused of manipulating photographs.
According to reports, Indian actress Kajal Agarwal had accused the magazine of "morphing" her pictures taken at a photo shoot for the September 2011 issue.