Mumbai: In what looked like one of the biggest controversies to defame celebrities, Veena Malik’s nude photo shoot hullabaloo was nothing but a meticulously planned gambit.
Talking to a daily, Umair Zafar, a fashion designer and stylist has unleashed the truth surrounding Pakistani actress Veena Malik’s “morphed” nude images on the cover of FHM magazine, India.
Calling it pre-planned, Zafar said, “A few days before the FHM cover was out, photographer Vishal Saxena told me to be prepared for a big `dhamaka. 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. 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 (All are hand-in-glove).”
“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,” added Zafar.
The fashion designer has also revealed that the fake controversy was planned to give Veena Malik’s `Swayamvar` a boost.
Apparently, it was Veena who wanted the controversy to grow bigger so that she could garner good publicity ahead of the launch of her TV reality show.
“Vishal told me, she wanted a big blast. A huge dhamaka that would catapult her to the top of the charts, and make her a household name in India. She wants to be more popular than Kareena Kapoor, Mallika Sherawat, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan put together.
`Bigg Boss` last year gave her some mileage, but she was not able to get much out of that show. She wanted the big bucks and was ever ready to do anything for it,” Umair said.