Veena vs FHM: Two is company, three is controversy

Published: December 12, 2011
Mumbai-based stylist, Umair Zafar, has a new angle to the Veena-FHM controversy.  PHOTO: FILE

Mumbai-based stylist, Umair Zafar, has a new angle to the Veena-FHM controversy. PHOTO: FILE

The highly-publicised legal struggle between reality star Veena Malik and FHM India magazine has a new participant who claims that he knows the ugly truth behind the highly combustible controversy.  Mumbai-based fashion designer and stylist Umair Zafar, who has done several shoots with photographer Vishal Saxena, spilled the beans on the Veena Malik-FHM cover shoot controversy reports

An article posted on the Times of India website quotes Zafar as saying, “A few days before the FHM cover was out, photographer Vishal Saxena told me to be prepared for a big dhamaka. Veena Malik did the shoot topless with her hands covering the upper part of her body. She was wearing bikini lowers, which was later on morphed and removed electronically by photographer Vishal Saxena. All this was predecided and agreed upon by all concerned parties.”

However the editor of FHM India, Kabeer Sharma, says that he has never even heard of Zafar let alone worked with him or let him into one of the company’s alleged top secrets. “Random people do such things to seek attention and publicity. The only sensible reaction to such people is to ignore whatever they have to say.”

Zafar, on the other hand, adds that to save face and avoid repercussions in both Pakistan and India yet avail all of the publicity Veena Malik and FHM magazine had a thought-out plan in which Malik would send a defamation notice to the magazine and the magazine would in turn would then send her a counter-notice. “The entire episode had been meticulously planned by Veena Malik, photographer Vishal Saxena and FHM magazine representatives.”

According to Zafar, photographer Sharma specialises in nude shoots and has done several such shoots with Sherlyn Chopra, Priya Soni and the photos are easily available on the internet. He believes that creating hype for Malik’s upcoming reality show on Imagine channel “Veena Malik Ka Swayamvar” seems like the only reason behind this risky media game. “Vishal told me that she wanted a big blast. A huge dhamaka that would catapult her to the top of the charts and make her a household name in India. She wanted the big bucks and was ready to do anything for it,” Zafar states.

Malik, who is changing her statements continuously, finally accepted that she wasn’t “nude”, she was “topless and there is a difference between the two”. This statement sent waves in the media and editor Sharma retorted, “(I’m) not commenting. She is the one who is not being able to make up her mind. She needs to figure out what she needs to say.”

Zafar’s article on cost him a friend as according to the stylist, Sharma called him on December 11 and expressed displeasure over the quotes Zafar has given to the media. When The Express Tribune inquired if Zafar has any proof or evidence of his conversations with Sharma, the stylist says, “Everyone knows me in India. Nobody asked for evidence, because they know my words have weightage.”

Zafar adds that, “Sharma has been doing nude and semi-nude photos since seven to eight years, this one gained attention and has turned into a juicy story because it has a Pakistani in it.”

The stylist said that he contacted the media and revealed the real picture as he thought it was unfair to use these means to gain popularity.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 13th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • Dec 12, 2011 - 11:09PM

    See the truth is out.. Veena is bekasoor.. its all dirty indian trick.. actually israel is the main conspirator here…its all israel and indian propaganda to defame great Pakistan nation in world


  • MK
    Dec 12, 2011 - 11:16PM

    cat’s out of the bag now..


  • Latif
    Dec 12, 2011 - 11:39PM

    Get a life Girl.


  • Aryan
    Dec 13, 2011 - 12:32AM

    @zaid hamid:
    You forgot USA.


  • Sami khan
    Dec 13, 2011 - 12:43AM

    We knew that sone where veena is on truth


  • Dec 13, 2011 - 1:01AM

    its Liberal Art. Liberal Art is like this. Any problems?


  • Ali
    Dec 13, 2011 - 1:06AM

    I don’t think she is coming back to Pakistan now.


  • Doctor Zhivago
    Dec 13, 2011 - 1:33AM

    @MK: Yes the pussy (cat) is out of the bag now. ;-)


  • waqas
    Dec 13, 2011 - 3:20AM

    now that’s a turn off!!! really???
    “bikini lowers, which was later on morphed and removed electronically”


  • indian response.
    Dec 13, 2011 - 4:22AM

    so she posed nude. Big deal. grow up pakis. Dont u have actual problems to deal with . How is punishing veena malik helping pakistan? Go improve ur education economy and remove terrorists. The veena malik scandal can wait.


  • AL
    Dec 13, 2011 - 5:28AM

    If she ever comes back to Pakistan, those Muftis and Mullas will kill her!


  • Raj - USA
    Dec 13, 2011 - 6:39AM

    Parliament should pass a joint resolution unanimously condemning it and also appoint a special commission to investigate how the cover up was uncovered. Also the matter should be taken up at the highest levels in UN and OIC.Recommend

  • Mard-e-Haq
    Dec 13, 2011 - 6:49AM

    Veena Malik should be tried in the Sharia Courts on the charges of exposing her awrah alone. There will be full justice and protection for her in Pakistan. Allah be praised.


  • Spud
    Dec 13, 2011 - 7:35AM

    @zaid hamid: Total BS you silly person. Why would Governments of Israel and India get involved in a private company’s matter. Only silly Pakistanis believe that one woman’s misdeed will shame a whole nation full good well behaved people. It is personal publicity by Veena and nothing else. Move on people.


  • Asad
    Dec 13, 2011 - 8:31AM

    Indians and their obsession with pakistan tsk tsk get a life…


  • ali ghori
    Dec 13, 2011 - 9:13AM

    come on guys, get a LIFE!! let her do wat she wants..stop watchn n listenin indian songs if U r so much against her act!


  • patriot
    Dec 13, 2011 - 12:02PM

    I dont know why people are only discussing whether she was nude or not!
    No body is discussing the ISI tattoo, grinade and military bikini when she is topless. Thats the only concern as a nation we have, It never matters whether she was nude or not. The message the frontpage depicts is insulting and dangerous.


  • KM
    Dec 13, 2011 - 1:12PM

    This is where media needs to mature up, and stop patronising such people. Can’t help resolve lunatics, so ignore them. By this you are giving undesireable value to someone, who seems to be mentally distanced from their own reality.


  • Zalim singh
    Dec 13, 2011 - 1:29PM

    she cannot be out of news for long?


  • Jp
    Dec 13, 2011 - 5:24PM

    At least she is giving everybody some solace from the US_PAK stand off & Memogate scandal. She is helping her country men relax for a while in whatever way she is capable of doing


  • Bedrock356346
    Dec 13, 2011 - 9:54PM

    Admit it, you googled Sherlyn Chopra nude and Priya Soni hot pics :)


  • Chachi jaan
    Dec 14, 2011 - 1:59AM

    LOL what does Meera’s pic have to do with this?


  • ziss
    Dec 14, 2011 - 1:17PM



  • alalala
    Dec 15, 2011 - 3:05PM

    as long as veena is not ur sis or mom or daugther or wife, you need not worry about what she does. as long as she is not interfering in your life, you need not interfere in hers. just let her live her life.


  • arif soomro
    Dec 18, 2011 - 10:10PM

    Get a life Girl.


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