Actor Veena Malik’s first Bollywood flick, Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai, hits theatres in India today (Friday). After gaining success with her first item song “Channo” in the film Gali Gali Chor Hai, the road to stardom has just been paved for the actor.
In an exclusive conversation with The Express Tribune, Veena talks about her latest release and how it feels to work with big names in B-town.
“I am excited and happy about the release of my film Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai,” said Veena excitedly. “There will be 700 prints released in India alone!” she exclaimed.
While she is currently filming for her next Bollywood film, The Dirty Picture, in Bangalore, she says she will definitely be watching it on the big screen. “This is my first Bollywood film that will be released worldwide. Let’s see how it goes, pehli pehli baar hai (it’s my first time),” said the 28-year-old with enthusiasm.
In Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai, Veena will be playing a double role – one of a starlet who cons a man to get his newly acquired wealth and the other of a beautiful angel. Earlier, Veena expressed excitement about her double role, “Playing a double role onscreen is new for me. But in my personal life I actually play the role of two girls — one is Zahida Malik (her real name) and the other is Veena Malik,” she said. ““I am sure if I can play a double role in real life, it will be exciting to play a double role in a movie,” she added.
The cast of Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai includes big Bollywood names like Jackie Shroff, Vijay Raaj, Aanand Balraj, Raja Chaudhry and two Pakistani comedians Irfan Malik and Hasan Ali. “I have worked with big names, just look at the cast of Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai – but I am not someone who would stand in someone’s shadow,” said Malik, confident that her acting skills will not be overshadowed when paired with experienced actors.
Veena said that she is grateful to the producers of the movie, Deepak and Urvashi Bali of D Bali movies, for having faith in her and signing her as the lead actor in their first film.
She also confessed her desire to work with actor Ajay Devgn. “I have a dream to work with Ajay Devgn,” she said. “The day I meet him, I am sure Kajol ko problems hongi (I am sure Kajol will have issues with our meeting),” she added cheekily.
But she surprised us most when she told us which Bollywood character she thinks she could have performed better. Instead of naming an item song or a strong female role (like Vidya Balan’s in Kahaani), Veena said, “I think one character I could have done better is Chulbul Panday played by Salman Khan in Dabangg,” she said, “I think I would have done a better job than him (Khan).”
Veena is currently working on the remake of the Bollywood hit, The Dirty Picture, which is a Kannada version of the movie. Other projects in the pipeline include Hindi films Zindagi 50-50, in which she plays the role of a sex worker, and Mumbai 125 km which is a horror/thriller in 3D.
We wish Veena the best of luck!
(with additional information from IANS)
Published in The Express Tribune, June 29th, 2012.
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lets hope movie turned out to be hit
Welcome VEENA to the big BIG Screen . . .!!!!
She is funny - Why would Kajol be jealous of her if she works with Ajay? Kajol is such an actress which no one can ever beat ,,, Everyone can dream but bili k khawab mein chichre hatay hain still time for you Veena...
Pakistan is losing out big time by not using Veena Malik. We al have to agree Pakistan has done a miserable job trying to present the image of Pakistan from its beautiful tourist sites to its talented & educated young citizens to its export capability from textiles to food commodities we have zero presence in world markets. Veena has done a brilliant job of presenting herself why can't we use her as a publicity machine for Pakistan, we have so much to gain!
Veena Malik, You are the Queen of Pakistan.
......aat laaaast some news of Veena Malik. I was getting worried that ET had forgotten about her.
Let us not criticize Veena just for the sake of it. Its not easy for a woman to make it big in sub-continent. She is making her honest efforts. I am sure her efforts will pay. I don't agree to some comments about more beautiful than her etc. There have been far lesser beautiful woman in Indian cinema who made it almost to the top. Beauty alone is not the ticket to the top. Smita Patil and Sabana Azmi don't fall in the category of beautiful women for sure. Main asset of Veena Malik is her determination. Take my words, she will make it and she should make it, come what may.
This is not A not B not C but D and E and F grade movie. Acting with Jackie shroff is like acting with Midhun Chakroborthy and Rajesh Khanna...
Why are they wasting 700 prints for this movie. May be all 700 are DVD copies.
I am sure there will be better beauties and actors from Pakistan than VM.
@Riaz Khan: I do give her credit for effort and for confidently pursuing her ambition. I was just commenting on her misleading PR where she repeatedly projects herself to be a FAR greater success than she is. I did not comment on her other statement about how Kajol would be jealous if Veena worked with Ajay Devgn but t gives indication of how important Veena thinks she is. I mean Ajay has worked with top heroines after they got married which includes Aishwarya Rai, Kareena Kapoor, Asin etc. Kajol herself being a top actress is not insecure with this. Why then would she be insecure about Veena Malik?
Give her credit even if she is working in C Class movies since Indian C Class movies are better than our A Class movies! Why are we so negative about everything? Give her credit in spite of all the odds in her native country she has all the confidence to establish herself on her own without any support. Than we call about equality between men & women! What hypocrats we are?
"The cast of Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai includes big Bollywood names like Jackie Shroff, Vijay Raaj, Aanand Balraj, Raja Chaudhry"
Big names like Vijay Raaj, Aanand Balraaj and Raja Chaudhary? Really since when did they become big names. Jackie Shroff was a well known star though never in the top rung. But he is very much a Has Been. Basically Veena acts in C grade movies and makes it appear like she has reached the top in Bollywood. Oh well - at least she is not harming anyone or blowing people up.
Wish you all the best Veena! Proud of you. Be strong, we support you.