Islamabad, Dec 3 (): Veena Malik,the Pakistani actress’ nude pose on the cover of “FHM India” caused a sensation in Pakistan for both the nudity and the initials of Pakistan’s controversial Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency, the ISI written on her arm.
“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”, Ms Malik told.
FHM India’s editor, Kabeer Sharma, insisted however that nothing had been doctored.”We have video footage of the shoot as well as emails from Veena about how she’s looking forward to the cover,” Kabeer Sharma told, “The idea to have ISI written on her arm was mine, and it was Veena’s idea to have it in block letters,” he added.
He said that the image was intended to be playful, saying that: “In India we joke about this… if anything goes wrong… we say the ISI must be behind this.”
The image, which is the cover of the December issue of the Indian edition of the global men’s magazine, has caused a storm in Pakistan with many people expressing outrage over the nudity and the boldness of the photo.
Many Pakistanis on the micro-blogging site, Twitter are also expressing their anger over the image.
“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,” Sohail Rashid, a representative of Ms Malik is quoted as saying.
FHM’s editor said he had never heard of the representative and added that Ms Malik had not got in touch to ask him to modify or remove the image.
Miss Malik is no stranger to controversy. In January, she attacked hard-line clerics in Pakistan who demand modest Muslims should be suitably covered at all times.
‘If a woman is cool with wearing a burqa, she should wear a burqa. If a woman, being a Muslim wants to wear jeans, then she should wear jeans,’ she said in an interview with The Australian newspaper.
She caused outrage among conservative circles in Pakistan for appearing on the Indian reality show, Bigg Boss in 2010. She hit the headlines again in March this year by challenging the views of a Pakistani cleric on television.