Veena Malik is a Pakistani actress, TV host and model who appears in Lollywood and Bollywood 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 (2005), Mohabbatan Sachiyan (2007), Kyun Tum Se Itna Pyar Hai(2005), Kabhi Pyar Na Karna (2008) and Ishq Be Parwah (2008). In 2012, she was seen in Bollywood with a comedy film Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai. The following year, she appeared in the dramedy Zindagi 50-50, Supermodel and the Kannada film Dirty Picture: Silk Sakkath Maga which was a box office hit. She also appeared in 2014 horror film Mumbai 125 KM 3D. She was a contestant on Bigg Boss 4 in 2010.
In November 2014, Malik and her husband Asad were sentenced to 26 years in prison by a regional, anti-terrorism court for allegedly airing a blasphemous program, however they fled to Dubai.
Malik was born in a Punjabi family in Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan to Mohammad Ali Malik, and his wife, Zeenat Malik. She holds a BA in Sociology, Psychology andPersian.
In 2002, Malik was called by Prime TV to host a show called Prime Gupshup for them ushering a new direction for her comedic skills and she improvised on the hour-long show occasionally mimicking actors.
Malik hosted the Geo TV show Hum Sub Umeed Se Hain, in which she was hailed for her comedic parodies. 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.
In October 2010, Malik appeared in the Indian television reality show Bigg Boss Season 4. She was evicted two weeks before the finals, and was one of the final six contestants out of the original fourteen who had participated.
Veena Malik performing to the tunes of Naheed Akhtar at the Lux Style Awards 2007.
Malik was also part of the finale of the show. After her Bigg Boss stay, she was mentioned in the media as the voice of liberal Muslims, including leading dailies, Daily Times, Express Tribune, and The Australian.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 said, “these two newly public figures might teach Muslims to stop feeling eternally outraged.”
In February 2011, Veena Malik became part of the Cricket World Cup reality show 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 Sawantand 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.
Another show Veena Malik – ‘Veena Ka Vivah’ was planned where Malik would search for her soul-mate, but the show was cancelled when Imagine TV, the channel on which the show was being shown, announced that it was shutting down. Malik collected almost 71,000 entries from all over the world for the show.
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 inJaved Sheikh’s Yeh Dil Aap Ka Huwa (2002).
Veena Malik in Lahore, Pakistan in 2011.
In 2003, Malik appeared in Indo-Pak cross venture Punjabi film Pind Di Kudi 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 Kahanwhich 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.The same year, she appeared in Raza’sKabhi Pyar 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.
In 2012, Malik debuted in Bollywood with an item song in Gali Gali Mein Chor Hai entitled “Chhanno” which was a big hit. Then in the same month she did another item song “Fann Ban Gayi” in Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya. Then she made her acting debut with a comedy Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai. The film didn’t do well at the box office but Malik’s performance was widely acclaimed. In 2013, her first film was Rajiv S. Ruia’s social drama Zindagi 50 50 in which she played a prostitute. Her bold avatar in film was a big break in her career. The film did average at the box office. She appeared in the music video “Ac Chala Garmi Badi Hai” sung bySukhdeep Grewal. Then she made a special appearance in Punjabi film, Jatts in Golmaal in an item song “Shabboo”. She then made her Kannada film debut and appeared inDirty Picture: Silk Sakkath Hot in which she portrayed the life of Southern actress Silk Smitha for which she gained 5 kg. The film was a hit in the South and her performance was appreciated. Her last film of 2013 was Super Model. She was in an avatar never seen before and shed seven kilos for it. The film won The Most Stylish Film Award on International standards. Malik played a supermodel, a small town girl who manages to get big in the fashion industry. Her last Bollywood film was Hemant Madhukar’s Mumbai 125 KM 3D that released on 17 October 2014. The film was shot using RealD 3D. It was the first time in Malik’s career that she played a ghost.
Malik married businessman Asad Bashir Khan Khattak on 25 December 2013 in Dubai.
Malik with Riyaz Gangji and Reshma Gangji in a Photoshoot.
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.
In the media
Malik broke the Guinness World Records for getting maximum kisses on her birthday in a span of one minute beating Salman Khanwho held the record achieved on the reality show Guinness World Records – Ab India Todega.
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.
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. Malik says she was toplessbut did not pose completely nude, and has sued the magazine over the images.
Sentenced for blasphemy
In November 2014, Malik and her husband Asad were sentenced to 26 years in prison by a Gilgit court for allegedly airing a blasphemous programme.The owner of Pakistan’s biggest media group, Geo TV and Jang group, was accused of allowing the airing of the blasphemous programme by Geo television in May, which played a religious song while staging a mock marriage of Malik with Bashir. The judge sentenced Malik and Bashir and TV host Shaista Wahidi to 26 years each.