Dec 15, 2011
Ever since the Veena Malik-FHM nude photoshoot controversy broke out, there were contradictory versions given by both, the Pakistani starlet and the international magazine, about her nude cover shoot, shot by photographer Vishal Saxena.
There were legal notices and counter notices sent by Veena and FHM to each other. It seemed like a never-ending puzzle till recently, when prominent fashion designer Umair Zafar decided to spill the beans.Speaking to The Times of India, Umair states, “A few days before the FHM cover was out, photographer Vishal Saxena told me to be prepared for a big dhamaka.”
Umair reveals to the paper that “Veena Malik did the shoot topless with her hands covering the upper part of her body. She was wearing a bikini panty below, which was later on morphed and removed electronically by photographer Vishal Saxena. All this was pre-decided and agreed upon by all concerned.”
He adds, “In order to save face and avoid the repercussions that it could have - both in Pakistan and in India and yet avail of all the publicity Veena Malik and FHM magazine had pre-decided that Veena Malik would send a defamation notice to the magazine and the magazine in turn would then send her a counter-notice. Yeah sab mili bhagat hein.”
“The entire episode had been meticulously planned by Veena Malik, photographer Vishal Saxena and FHM magazine representatives. Even the defamation notice was prepared in advance,” Umair further revealed. Umair, who has done many shoots with Vishal Saxena and styled clothes for Sayali Bhagat, Nisha Kothari and others, points out that Vishal specializes in nude shoots and has done several such shoots with Sherlyn Chopra, Priya Soni and more.
Bollywood publicist Dale Bhagwagar, isn’t surprised at Umair’s revelation. When asked about the fashion designer’s expose on Veena, Dale says, “I am reminded of a song in an old Mithun Chakraborty film called Mujrim. It went, ‘Mujrim na kehna mujhe logon, mujrim toh saara zamaana hai. Jo pakda gaya, who chor hai, jo bach gaya, who sayana hai.’ And Veena Malik seems to be caught.”
Dale and Veena a long way! Before Bigg Boss happened to her, the Pakistani actress had falsely alleged that Dale’s PR client and Bollywood actress Neetu Chandra was involved with Pakastani cricketer Mohammad Asif in the international match fixing scandal.
--reeta, new delhi