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Veena Malik

Veena Malik
Lux Style Awards in 2008.
Born Zahida Malik
Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 2000 – present
Home town Karachi, Pakistan
Religion Islam
Parents Mohammad Ali Malik
Zeenat Malik
Website

Veena Malik (Urdu: وينا ملک, born Zahida Malik) is a Pakistani actress, TV host and model who appears in Lollywood, Bollywood and Kollywood films.

Malik made her film debut in 2000 with Sajjad Gul's Tere Pyar Mein. In 2002, she starred in Akbar Khan's Yeh Dil Aap Ka Huwa and Sassi Punno and later played roles in female-centric films such as Koi Tujh Sa Kahan, Mohabbatan Sachiyan, Ishq Be Parwah and Kabhi Pyar Na Karna. Malik went on to win the Lux Style Award for two in category of Best Actress. In 2012, she earned commercial success in bollywood with Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai, Mumbai 125 KM 3D and Zindagi 50-50. In 2013 she appeared in Kannada film Dirty Picture: Silk Sakkath Maga and Supermodel.[1]

Early life

Malik was born in a Muslim family in Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan[2] to Mohammad Ali Malik, and his wife, Zeenat Malik.[3] She holds a BA in Sociology, Psychology and Persian.[2]

Career

Films

Before starting her career off as an actress, Malik worked as a comedian for several television shows and series. She made her acting debut alongside Shaan and Zara Sheikh in Askari's Tere Pyar Mein (2000), which was a box office hit. She played a supporting role in the film and was barely acknowledged. Later on, she appeared in a supporting role in Javed Sheikh's Yeh Dil Aap Ka Huwa (2002).

In 2003, Malik appeared in Indo-Pak cross venture Punjabi film Pind Di Kuri which failed commercially, however, it was the first Indo-Pak venture film with a budget of approximately 70 million rupees. She also appeared in Askari's Sassi Punno (2003) alongside Sana and Moammar Rana, however the film failed to do well at Lahore's cinemas and further screenings stopped in cinemas after a week of its release. She then appeared in Rafique's Jageer. In 2005, she appeared in a short Punjabi film Bau Badmash (2005) which also failed to garner any recognition. Her breakthrough role was in Reema Khan's Koi Tujh Sa Kahan which was a commercial success in Pakistan.

In 2008, Malik appeared in Rafique's Punjabi film, Mohabbatan Sachiyan, alongside ex-fiancee Babrik Shah and newcomers Maria Khan and Adnan Khan. The film went on to become a commercial success.[4] The same year, she appeared in Raza's Kabhi Pyaar Na Karna in a supporting role, but the film was a flop. Her last film of 2008 was Altaf's Ishq Beparwah, which also failed to impress the audience.

In 2010, she worked in Rafique's Main Jeena Tere Naal, and Beyg's debut comedy film Miss Duniya.[5] Veena has acted in the Kannada versio of "The Dirty Picture" and the movie is yet to be released.[6]

Television

In 2002, she was called by Prime TV to host a show called Prime Gupshup[7] for them ushering a new direction for her comedic skills and she improvised on the hour-long show occasionally mimicking actors.

She hosted the Geo TV show Hum Sub Umeed Se Hain, in which she was hailed for her comedic parodies.[8][9] In 2007, she graced the red carpet event of the Lux Style Awards and was awarded as being the Most stylish celebrity on the carpet.[9]

In October 2010, Malik appeared in the Indian television reality show Bigg Boss Season 4.[10] She was evicted two weeks before the finals, and was one of the final six contestants out of the original fourteen who had participated.[11] Malik was also part of the finale of the show.[12] After her Bigg Boss stay, she was mentioned in the media as the voice of liberal Muslims, including leading dailies, Daily Times,[13] Express Tribune,[14] and The Australian.[15] Sabbah Hajim, from the Haji Amina Charity Trust in Jammu and Kashmir, writing in the magazine Tehelka, when comparing her with liberal rector of Darul Uloom Deoband, Ghulam Muhammad Vastanvi said, "these two newly public figures might teach Muslims to stop feeling eternally outraged."[16]

In February 2011,[17] Veena Malik became part of the Cricket World Cup reality show[18] in Delhi, India, called "Big Toss." Big Toss was a reality game show with contestants and Malik as the captain of one team, against Rakhi Sawant[19] and her team.

In March 2011, Malik engaged in a passionate debate with a mufti, who claimed she had engaged in immoral behaviour as a contestant on Bigg Boss, even though he admitted to not having watched the show. Malik countered pointing out the double standards of Pakistani media against women among other rebuttals.[20]

An another show Veena Malik – ‘Veena Ka Vivah’ was planned where Malik search for her soul-mate but the plans were ruined when the channel, Imagine TV, on which the show was being shown announced that it was shutting down.[21] Veena Malik collected almost over 71,000 entries from all over the world for the show.[22]

FHM Images

Controversy resulted in Pakistan over a nude image of Malik on the cover of FHM magazine India edition in which she had "ISI" written on her upper arm – the initials of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency.[23] Malik says she was topless[24] but did not pose completely nude,[25] and has sued the magazine over the images.[26]


Philanthropy

Malik has worked as a representative at the World Health Organization for two years. She also sponsors a child at the SOS Children's Village, an NGO based in Pakistan working with orphaned children.[27]

In the Media

Veena Malik also broke the record for the Guinness World Records for getting maximum kisses on her birthday in a span of one minute[28][29] beating Salman Khan who held the record achieved on the reality show Guinness World Records – Ab India Todega.[30]

In 2012 she was ranked at No. 26 on FHM India's "100 sexiest women list" which included Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox, Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Shilpa Shetty and Sonam Kapoor.[31]

In 2013, it was widely reported in various media, that she was having an affair with Norway based Pakistan born businessman Umar Farooq Zahoor.[32]

Filmography

Year Film Role Language Notes
2000 Tere Pyar Mein Amina Urdu
2002 Yeh Dil Aap Ka Huwa Urdu
Sassi Punno Sana Urdu
2003 Pind Di Kudi Punjabi
2005 Koi Tujh Sa Kahan Urdu Won – Lux Style Awards
Kyun Tum Se Itna Pyar Hai Urdu
2008 Kabhi Pyar Na Karna Urdu
Mohabbatan Sachiyan Punjabi Won – Lux Style Awards
Ishq Beparwaah Punjabi
2012 Gali Gali Mein Chor Hai Chhanno Hindi Special appearance in song "Chhanno"
Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya Hindi Special appearance in song "Fann Ban Gayi"
Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai Hindi
2013 Jatts In Golmaal Punjabi Cameo
Zindagi 50-50 Madhuri Hindi
Dirty Picture: Silk Sakkath Maga Silk Kannada
Super Model Hindi
Mumbai 125 KM 3D Hindi Releasing in October 2013
The City That Never Sleeps Hindi Post-production (Releasing in October 2013)
Rangeela Telugu Post-production (Releasing on November 24, 2013)
Mr. Money Hindi Special appearance in a song (Releasing in Fall/Winter 2013)
2014 Nagna Satyam Telugu Post-production (Releasing on February 04, 2014)
Cottage No. 9 Hindi Pre-production
Rabhasa Telugu Special appearance in a song
Dil Ne Dil Ko Pukara Urdu Pre-production

Television

Year Show Role Language Channel
2008 Hum Sub Umeed Se Hain
Herself
Urdu
Geo TV
2010 Miss Duniya Dunya News
2012 Astaghfaar[33] Hero TV

Reality television

As Contestant
Year Show Standing Channel
2010
Bigg Boss (season 4)
6th Place
Evicted Day 83
Colors
2011
Bigg Toss Reality Game Show
Runner-up
India TV
Superstud
Guest
UTV Bindass

Discography

Title Year Album
"Drama Queen"[34][35] 2012 Drama Queen[36]

References

External links

  • Official website
  • Express Tribune
  • Internet Movie Database

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