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Updated: December 6, 2011 11:18 IST

Veena Malik's ‘nude picture' evokes mixed reaction

Anita Joshua
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Humour and anger were available in fair measure across Pakistan as reports reached here about actor Veena Malik reportedly posing nude for the cover of an Indian magazine.

Though the cover has been the buzz on social networking sites since Friday afternoon, the local media was slow to pick up the story and even then the ‘ghairat brigade' (honour brigade) was not out in strength with daggers drawn.

Given that her previous appearance on Indian television's Big Boss season had got her into trouble back home, many found it difficult to believe the cover picture was real. It must have been morphed seemed to be the general belief and so when her public relations manager claimed that the photographs were not hers, many bought that version. In fact, the dominant sentiment was that if the photograph was hers, then Ms. Malik probably had no intention of returning to Pakistan, knowing full well that there would be a lynch mob waiting for her. Worse still, was the fact that the bare-all photograph has ISI tattooed on her arm.

In an interview to Geo News, Ms. Malik said she had done a bold shoot for FHM magazine but it was not a nude shoot. As for the ISI tattoo on her arm, she said it was the magazine editor's idea to take a dig at the general Indian tendency to blame everything that goes wrong in India on the ISI. Maintaining that she would take recourse to legal action as her photographs had been doctored, Ms. Malik said she was well aware of her limitations and had never in her life done a nude shoot. Meanwhile, the magazine's website on Saturday changed the cover of the December edition though it still featured her in a different pose. This time, the “Pakistani WMD'' — as the magazine chose to call her — is caught in the act of pulling the pin out of a grenade.

And, once again Twitter was abuzz with some among Pakistan's tweeting community expressing disgust, the liberal lot saluting her for the courage in doing what she wanted, and others making light of it with sarcasm. Commenting on the latest FHM cover, one tweeter said “Veena Malik would make a terrible ISI agent considering how much she reveals” while another wondered if cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf would invite her to the party fold now that she had revealed all her assets.

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A view of a nude picture depends on the state of mind of the individual. The view of a pervert and extremists is quite different from that of the great artists like michelangelo or the sculputres of temples like in Khajuraho.

from:  KVR
Posted on: Dec 6, 2011 at 04:40 IST

If this is proved then it would be a bad move to all the movie stars
and this actress cannot go to her country and is definite that she will
face death sentence as per the country's law or by the people who are
extremists. It is better that she stay in India for some time till the
people forget this or else her days are counted.

from:  M.Naeem
Posted on: Dec 5, 2011 at 19:07 IST

To Sanjay and others suggesting this news item is frivolous: Go on to youtube and look for the video 'Veena Malik takes on Mullah', where she is on a TV show and defends to a Mullah's face her right to be an actress and her right to free expression. She is one person in Pakistan who is fearless and is actively taking on the Talibanised moral police in that country. So please understand that this is much beyond just 'celebrity gossip'.

from:  Rohan H
Posted on: Dec 5, 2011 at 16:45 IST

I think the poor woman is trying to get a bang attention, a media hype stunt created to promote sales of future films. this is not promotion of art !

from:  Ahmed
Posted on: Dec 5, 2011 at 14:31 IST

I think Hindu needs to understand its market. Does Hindu want to go like other newspapers and cater to everyone and not just people who are after intelligent analysis and news. Sadly if you want a nationwide mass marketing you need to be like TOI and have to publish these news. But I buy Hindu for a different reason. I want to get some good analysis of the current affairs and I only read the op-ed section most of the time. If news like these start appearing and dominating Hindu than I might as well start buying TOI etc.

from:  Albert Paulose
Posted on: Dec 5, 2011 at 13:23 IST

I agree with you Sanjay, in trying to fit the popular gaze 'The Hindu' is providing platform for trivial attention seeking acts. Perhaps its a compromising act to stay afloat among more pronounced peers in that they haven't in fact published the photograph in question, which others have done. There are far more greater articles to publish that are the need of the hour, viewers like me who stick with The Hindu don't actually mind not having read/heard of Veena's musing in this space. I got this news much in advance with far more appealing visuals than the one here, in my view its best left for The Hindu to spend energy where they are very good at for readers like me have been its in-formal advocates nonetheless.

from:  Krishna
Posted on: Dec 5, 2011 at 12:07 IST

Many years ago while switching channels I came across a TV documentary wherein Larry Flint, the publisher of a glossy pornographic magazine was being interviewed. I watched it for a couple of minutes before switching channel again. Larry Flint said something to the effect, "Luckily my daughters look like I am. Hence I do not have to worry that they would pose nude for any magazine". Flint meant that his daughters were not beautiful and hence would not pose for a magazine to cause pain for him. Here we see double standards by publishers. They say "I can publish the photos of women so long they do not belong to my backyard." What about the women folks in the households of these publishers ? Don't they object to the actions of their men ? Do they instead enjoy the money brought by their men for them to spend ?

from:  T.S.Krishnaswamy
Posted on: Dec 5, 2011 at 02:10 IST

Right said Sanjay.... I love THE HINDU for one of the reasons that it never engaged in gutter-journalism....The Class of media that The Hindu has been representing has become a near extinct species in these times... Or has the power of commerce finally made THE Hindu a part of the paparazzi, going after some useless people just because they reveal more than our Politicians..!!!

from:  M.Ateeque
Posted on: Dec 5, 2011 at 01:28 IST

Even with the 'ISI' stamp on her picture, normal people are making fun of her instead of puffing and panting about 'India'. I guess the point being made is that normal people in both countries are more than capable of taking jokes, and that other people could take a lesson from this. There is nothing less adult about light-hearted news, is it still conveys a good point. Better than a drab article which most people would pass over.

from:  Shyam
Posted on: Dec 5, 2011 at 01:24 IST

Editor of magazine says they have signed agreement of her nude pictures to be taken.She went their studio on her own will for pictures.It is just a matter of greed and that is it.She should have thought before going for it.Regarding ISI tatoo on her arm that too was done with her consent.

from:  gt
Posted on: Dec 5, 2011 at 00:45 IST

This piece of news is a complete waste of time and mental effort. This news is intended for those who have so much leisure time to go through lengthy gossips which are themselves made to fill blank space.

from:  aatifanjum
Posted on: Dec 4, 2011 at 22:18 IST

when the paper like hindu gives space 2 such stuff only 1 thing comes 2 readers' mind -R u guys(The Hindu) hiring TOIs reporters? as TOI or punjab kesari is d masala paper n hindu is THE HINDU. plz maintain ur reputation n stop disgracing urself by being another masala ppr ....nowadays hindu is very keen publishing such crap...plz maintain ur class of being d genuine NEWS daily

from:  prateek
Posted on: Dec 4, 2011 at 22:04 IST

I agree with above comment , why should we stake our time for such news ,not expected from The hindu ,just ignore

from:  manoj singh from kharagpur
Posted on: Dec 4, 2011 at 21:43 IST

For a moment, I thought I was reading the Times of India! Agree with the above poster - there's enough news worthy stuff going on...

from:  Gautham
Posted on: Dec 4, 2011 at 20:46 IST

Definitely not Hindu-worthy. This is TOI material.

from:  sriram
Posted on: Dec 4, 2011 at 20:25 IST

we have TOI to report this type of spicy stuff.

from:  musthafa
Posted on: Dec 4, 2011 at 20:24 IST

Nature produces beauty man censors it,
Nature knows no religion, morals or values.
See beauty without thought, for thought is porn,
If you cover and hide beauty you create ugly and violent men.
If you don't want to see the flower and smell its perfume,
Don't prevent another. You lust and you desire.
May be the other knows to see beauty without thought.

from:  P.N.Shreeniwas
Posted on: Dec 4, 2011 at 18:21 IST

I stopped going to TOI website for avoiding such eye-balls grabbing news. And today I discovered I weak I am avoiding all of this. I can't believe all read all of it.

Can't you survive without all such trivia? Anyway, still holier than others.

from:  Dilawar
Posted on: Dec 4, 2011 at 17:37 IST

I agree with Sanjay. Come on Hindu, you can do better.

from:  Lalita
Posted on: Dec 4, 2011 at 17:15 IST

Technically, The Hindu might have a right to publish such news. But given the reputation of the paper, the last two sentences “Veena Malik would make a terrible ISI agent considering how much she reveals” and "Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf would invite her to the party fold now that she had revealed 'all her' assets" are sub-standard and cheap comments that the reporter picked it from a social networking blog.

Request the publisher to pay attention to these kind of material and refrain from indulging into unhealthy competition for ratings. The Hindu doesn't need to compete with others. As far as journalism is considered, The Hindu is way ahead of all the newspapers, at least in India.

from:  Sriram
Posted on: Dec 4, 2011 at 16:46 IST

It is beneath a reputed paper like the Hindu to give space for such family-unfriendly material. Let it continue to remain a paper which can be read by even a 10-year old and can be bought for the whole family without any hesitation.

from:  Gopal
Posted on: Dec 4, 2011 at 15:56 IST

I took the effort to read Hindu newspaper for the content that it maintained for years. What happened to those days. I completely endorse the views of Sanjay. We are living in an era where morals are found only in dictionary, to discuss matters of less substance is unwarranted to a newspaper of this repute.

from:  Yasmin Banu
Posted on: Dec 4, 2011 at 15:00 IST

When a reputed paper like Hindu gives news-space to trivia like this, it fulfills the objective behind such acts which are meant to attract attention. Its best to ignore. In a country of 1.2 billion, there are far more greater issues of concern to focus upon.

from:  Sanjay
Posted on: Dec 4, 2011 at 09:51 IST

The religious right will always have a problem with female sexuality. The self-
righteous ones should ponder on the fact that its hard to convince anybody how they
get their idea or if they have a direct line with the supernatural.

from:  Reju Nair
Posted on: Dec 4, 2011 at 00:03 IST

Veena Malik is absolutely gorgeous & beautiful. Why shouldn't she be entitled to show off her body anyway she wants to do so, for both civil liberty, and personal freedom of expression. God gave her special attributes that can only be enviable to all human beings...!

from:  Larry R
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 23:43 IST

it's an another addition to the cheap publicity of a forgotten
celebrity.

from:  sudip chakrabarty
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 22:52 IST

Pls don't let the The Hindu stoop to market pressures. We read The Hindu
for some serious journalism and respect it as a progressive thinking
newspaper. We have many other media for such'Fun' as above.

from:  Aleen
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 22:25 IST

I agree with Ms. Malik (no relation)that it's a bold photo, not a nude one. Leave the poor girl alone. Where could she have a photo of this sort published? In Pakistan? Of course, it has to be India or some other modernity-conscious country. Poor mullahs: The body on which they have been fantasizing is now visible to all? No wonder they are offended.

from:  Siddique Malik
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 22:14 IST
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