FHM India to sue Veena Malik for INR250m over nude cover row

Published: December 6, 2011
FHM India replies to Veena Malik's notice over magazine cover. GRAPHIC: JAMAL KHURSHID

FHM India replies to Veena Malik's notice over magazine cover. GRAPHIC: JAMAL KHURSHID

FHM India has countered Veena Malik’s claim of Rs100 million with their own claim of Indian rupees (INR) 250 million. Malik had earlier sent the popular mens magazine a legal notice for publishing what she claimed were ‘morphed’ nude pictures of her on its December issue cover.

(Read: Veena Malik files for Rs100m in damages from FHM)

Malik had claimed that the photos she had shot for the magazine had been morphed which had made her appear nude, and bearing a tattoo reading “ISI” prominently on her left shoulder.

FHM India in their 11 page legal reply to her notice categorically denied that her photo had been morphed, and that Malik was the one who had initially pursued the magazine for a shoot,

“Your client permitted our clients for her photo as well as video shoots which were carried out by our clients with the consent and authority of your client. It would be pertinent to mention herein that your client pursued FHM magazine via photographer Vishal Saxena in October 2011 for a shoot with FHM magazine. Your client wanted to do a sexy, bold and in-your-face shoot and to express intent for the same she also sent through Saxena pictures of her in Bikinis etc to show that she was in good shape for a shoot for FHM. After pursuing FHM for close to a month, on November 15th your client was sent a set of photographs for references through Vishal Saxena through e-mail and was explained the complete concept of the shoot. After receiving and understanding the concept of the shoot, on 19th November 2011, your client reverted directly to Sh. Kabeer Sharma through an e-mail with title “Love the Idea” saing she “likes the idea and concept very much and was comfortable to shoot” on 23rd November, 2011.”

(Read: Veena Malik denies nude photo shoot for FHM)

The notice further described Malik at the time of the shoot as being extremely excited, the notice read:

“It is further stated that at the time of shot, your client was very comfortable and very much at ease shooting for FHM so much so that on several occasions the team had to tell her to tone down the exposure for the camera in keeping with the Indian censorship laws. Her excitement and comfort level can be easily seen from her video shoot and other photographs.”

The notice addressed the controversial ISI tattoo saying Malik took a proactive role in having it made prominent

“In response to the idea of wearing the tattoo of ISI is concerned, your client was very much eager, excited and willing to wear the tattoo of ISI. It is further stated that your client was not only well aware of the concept; she even proactively took part in the execution of the shot. Your client told to Priyanka Palkar, in presence of Sh. Kabeer Sharma, to make the ‘ISI’ marking on her shoulder “bolder and bigger” so that it could be “seen properly”.

(Read: Veena Malik defends ISI tattoo for FHM photo shoot)

It countered Mailk’s claim that the cover picture was not shown to her prior to publishing by quoting a November 29 email that she sent to the editor of the magazine Kabeer Sharma

“Even on November 29, 2011, your client reverted with an email titled “looking fwd to the cover” saying she had “seen” and was “happy with the pictures we shot on 23rd November, 2011 for FHM” and that she was looking forward to the cover.”

The magazine said that Malik was an unknown in Indian media prior to her controversial appearance on the reality tv show Big Boss where she was known to have indulged in acts deemed “shameful and outrageous” in both India and Malik’s native Pakistan. That Malik’s pictures in complete undress were already available online, being she was not new to controversy.

The notice closed claiming damages worth 250 million Indian rupees and for Malik to apologise for fabricating false claims in a press conference.

“We, by virtue of this notice, call upon your client to immediately give an unconditional apology by holding a press conference. it is further stated that in the circumstances out clients are free to initiate legal proceedings including filing a criminal complaint against your client for offences under the Indian Penal Code besides claiming general and special damages to the tune of Rs. 25,00,00,000/- (Rupees Twenty Five Crores only).”

Veena files against FHM

Earlier, Veena Malik followed up her legal notice to FHM magazine by filing a police report in Mumbai and a complaint with the cyber crime wing against the FHM magazine editor and photographer.

Correction: An earlier version of the story misspelled the word crores. The error is regretted. 


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  • someone
    Dec 6, 2011 - 11:59PM

    Why wouldn’t Veena just admit that she did it and get on with her life. She is a shame for this nation and will remain so. We on the other hand need not highlight this issue so much, which she obviously wants for cheap publicity.

    Pakistan needs to find positive things to look at rather than this.


  • Aamir
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:02AM

    Finally, FHM let the Cat out of the bag…….let’s see how VM counter this.

    Bad deeds produce bad results.


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:03AM

    Any photograph for cover of a Magazine or publicity purpose cannot be taken with the prior written of the model.

    Veena has a weak case in respect with her photograph controversy.

    I doubt that after the nude photograph controversy, Veena won’t be able to work in India any more and she has to return back to the country of origin where the rightist wing and the ISI would be there at the airport to welcome her.


  • proof or it didn’t happen


  • Annomonous
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:22AM

    What I make out off all this is that that she wanted to make a headline, but the picture used is not real. She posed and all but the nudity was added later..


  • SalSal
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:23AM

    Poor Veena!! Victim of defamation!


  • Arindom
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:23AM

    Haha – she thought this was Pakistan – where she can get away with denials!! Now watch the fun – Indian Law getting after her pretty tail!!


  • J
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:36AM

    There’s a video of a shoot too? It feels so nice to be a pervert!


  • Salman Saif
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:37AM

    if veena has done this shoot .. she should just admit .. otherwise if fhm released the related video and other pics to prove their point .. it’ll double the shame for veena… this lady should be banned in Pakistan .. Pakistan is a free country and is having space for liberal and modern thoughts .. but this act is neither Islamic, nor Pakistani .. not modern .. not liberal ..

  • Sonia Wahab
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:42AM

    Why are you marking her bold expression black!!!


  • Dec 7, 2011 - 12:45AM

    I’m just excited to notice Veena‘s age being mentioned in the Legal Notice of 33year old struggling actress hahahaha OMFGLMFAO, any one … anyone ???? remember

    Veena : I would like to thank-u all my friends in attending my 25th birthday … anyone ? hahaha !Recommend

  • Oldman from Pakistan
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:47AM

    I am afraid VM may return to her country, Pakistan, empty-handed, because she may not be allowed exit out of India without paying damages (In Rs.25 crore) to FHM India. Her case appears weak, after such damaging counter-attack by FHM India magazine.Recommend

  • sam
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:47AM

    Both love the publicity lol! laughing their ways to the bank


  • Jeans
    Dec 7, 2011 - 1:05AM

    I do not why everyone is stating that she is shame for nation, our Nation is very respectable and brave, and I am proud to be a Pakistani, as for as Veena Malik is concern she did as she was doing in past, she use to do vulgar stunts for publicity. If a single citizen of a nation use something cheap so why the whole nation be ashamed, and as for as nation is concerned everyone has criticized her and disliked her that is the best part of it.


  • Saboor
    Dec 7, 2011 - 1:19AM

    btw, i love the pic, she look really pretty…. let her live her life the way she want it


  • Dohn Joe
    Dec 7, 2011 - 1:50AM

    @Jeans: I agree no one should care about her acts. But when a ‘celebrity’ goes to another place, she is an ambassador of her country and so doing cheap publicity stunts to get fame obviously gets a bad impression of that country.
    This counter attack should serve her right for trying to make a place in Bollywood. No Veena, its just not how you can get into Bollywood.


  • Ali
    Dec 7, 2011 - 2:06AM

    Well whats wrong with saying tht ISI=I Seduce India and get on with it… why such a hue and cry over ISI tattoo.. Veena has been like this eversince she got into media we shouldnt be blaming her she is what she is.. i cant understand how her being nude brings shame to Pakistan???


  • Lahorei Charga
    Dec 7, 2011 - 2:36AM

    Trash getting trashed…………good one! This is not about India V Pak.
    Act classy and the world respects you.


  • Uzair
    Dec 7, 2011 - 3:05AM

    She is a low level actress who incidentally got some limelight through her shameful deeds at the reality show Big Boss, she is a shame here as well as in India. She wont understand ethics as its beyond her level of understanding and morality. She would have definitely done the shoot for FHM for the company being a big name and wont just morph anyone’s pictures as its copyright violation.


  • Asad
    Dec 7, 2011 - 3:15AM

    Most in the fashion circle already know that there were nude pics of her even before she was a somebody-nobody, and after seeing her behave in “big brother”, even a fool could tell that she is capable of doing anything, and having spent more than a decade working with photoshop, no, the pix are not fake. They are as real they can be. She is not respected much anyways so better if she can just admit and let it go or better, move to india. It suites her just right. Feel sorry for her father though. Poor guy.


  • Asad
    Dec 7, 2011 - 3:16AM

    yeah as long as it’s not POTA, we all know how gooood the indian laws are, so please, mention not.


  • Boy
    Dec 7, 2011 - 3:30AM

    It has only threatened to sue. Why has tribune written that it will sue. The statement was very conditional.


  • rehmat
    Dec 7, 2011 - 5:45AM

    @J: “There’s a video of a shoot too? It feels so nice to be a pervert!”
    It would be a perversion if they released a video of the shoot. But they haven’t done that. When they are doing something controversial where there is a possibility that the person may back-out (just as Veena) has done, they have to take the video for their protection.

    they had been accused once before by Kajal Aggarwal of faking nude pictures. At that time, they simply released a statement that they had evidence of the shoot and the matter went no further. In this case , despite Kabir Sharma’s interview Veena went ahead and lodged a suit to prove to people that what she was saying was true. Most likely she would not have pursued the case vigorously and was only trying to prove her honesty by suing the magazine. Wel the magazine has returned the favor and sued her right back. Being a global magazine, they will definitely protect their reputation against false suits.


  • Singh
    Dec 7, 2011 - 6:22AM

    Don’t worry she got company of Sunny Leone & later she can join her. She can make more $ in SL company.


  • jagjit sidhoo
    Dec 7, 2011 - 7:06AM

    @sam: SPOT ON they have both got tons of free publicity.These court cases will die as the public attention moves to some other topic


  • Rakib
    Dec 7, 2011 - 7:11AM

    Once the issue has been milked dry of its publicity value-both for the glossy & the lassie-the lawyers concerned will negotiate an “out of court settlement” on this sham case,for an undisclosed sum. Lawyers’ & Court fees will be suffered by respective litigants. Life will then go on merrily for wonderful Veena; as it should.


  • scorp
    Dec 7, 2011 - 7:14AM

    “Rs. 25,00,00,000/- (Rupees Twenty Five Frores only).”, who edited this article ,it’s 25 crore here is how it looks 25 followed by six zeros,that’s so gross…Recommend

  • imran
    Dec 7, 2011 - 7:34AM

    I think veena is pretending, I hope if video comes. Will clear picture for good.


  • Ali Islam
    Dec 7, 2011 - 7:34AM

    I think the videos and complete set of photos should be released. Truth should be bared completely.


  • Dec 7, 2011 - 8:14AM

    If Veena Malik has done the photo shoot why did she have to sue the Magazine?

    She is living in India now, making a living in India, did the photoshoot in India. She needn’t be afraid. She can be herself in India.Recommend

  • Jee
    Dec 7, 2011 - 10:07AM

    Disasterous results due to doing business with untrustworthy partners!


  • Malatesh
    Dec 7, 2011 - 10:37AM

    I cannot give any comment unless I see those snaps and videos of VM.
    Can anybody tell me where this maghazene is available? where can I download video/snaps?

    FHM becoming very much popular by this controversy..


  • let there be peace
    Dec 7, 2011 - 11:24AM

    She does cheap things for publicity but I think she may be having second thoughts now, not just because of nudity but because of ISI tattoo. She might be fearing acid attack. All this fun could take serious turn.


  • ms
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:06PM

    anyone has video leaks link yet?


  • Surya
    Dec 7, 2011 - 2:44PM

    are you living in a stone age? POTA was repealed when Congress came to power in 2004. grow some brains!!!


  • AN
    Dec 7, 2011 - 3:42PM

    Lets face it! Veena is a fantastic looking girl! she is smart! This controverrsy adds to the marketability of both Veena and the magazine. Besides veena is now doing many other TV shows and needs huge audiences/eyeballs/TRP ratings. SO..all this is par for the course!! We have many Veenas in bollywood too. Malika Sherawat, Rakhi sawant..oh so many of them!!Recommend

  • passing_philosopher
    Dec 7, 2011 - 5:43PM

    not sure about “sexy” and “bold” but definetly a “in-your-face” shoot.
    Pakistanio! Veena Malik ko uskay haal par chor do jesay baqi 9 crore women ko barson se chora hua hai.


  • Pundit
    Dec 7, 2011 - 7:14PM

    Next Shoot in PlayBoy…..


  • Yellow
    Dec 7, 2011 - 8:24PM

    Foreign Exchange Inflow !! Yessss


  • rk
    Dec 7, 2011 - 9:40PM

    thats the only positive thing coming out of pakistan…..


  • N.M.Mitha
    Dec 9, 2011 - 11:05AM

    Poor Veena, We have other things to look at rather than wasting our time on exchanging thoughts and views about your cheap publicity, I viewed your pictures and have found that sensitive areas were actually covered and its was Photoshop freak which had worked on it later on….. but do you think even posing in bikini suits you? so you think you are suppose to expose other parts of your body so freely than why to pretend that you dint do any thing actually….. Oh Comon! if you have allowed some one to see you in bikini than what remains so important that later on other view your pictures by placing hands on your sensitive area….

    you could have played better honey.. but we are not even sorry for you….Recommend

  • Arjun
    Dec 9, 2011 - 1:26PM

    Indian Rs. 25 crores is around Pakistani Rupees 50 crores. So Veena has been sued 5 times back!


  • nasar
    Dec 17, 2011 - 12:10AM

    hi veena malik should aware of islsmic traditions and do not do these things what she had done in india


  • sue
    Dec 17, 2011 - 10:45PM

    everyone has done bad….Caste the first stone if you have never sinned …Go ahead you cant throw the stone at her……Recommend

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