Veena Malik

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Veena Malik
Veena malik movers and shakers.jpg
Malik on a set.
Born Zahida Malik
Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Other names Veena A Khan Khattak [1]
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 2000 – present
Spouse(s) Asad Bashir Khan Khattak (2013-present)[2]

Veena Malik (Urdu: وينا ملک, born Zahida 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, 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 a comedy film Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai. In 2013 she appeared in Zindagi 50-50, Supermodel and Kannada film Dirty Picture: Silk Sakkath Maga which was a box office hit. In 2014 she will be seen in a Bollywood horror flick Mumbai 125 KM 3D and in Punjabi film Eh Dil Da Mamla. 2014 will also mark her Tollywood debut with Nagna Satyam: The Naked Truth. [3]

Early life[edit]

Malik was born in a Muslim family in Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan[4] to Mohammad Ali Malik, and his wife, Zeenat Malik.[5] She holds a BA in Sociology, Psychology and Persian.



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).

Veena Malik in Lahore, Pakistan in 2011.

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.[6] 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.[7] Veena has acted in the Kannada version of "The Dirty Picture" and the movie has released in August 2013 and is titled as Dirty Picture: Silk Sakkath Maga.[8]


In 2002, she was called by Prime TV to host a show called Prime Gupshup[9] 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.[10][11] 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.[11]

In October 2010, Malik appeared in the Indian television reality show Bigg Boss Season 4.[12] 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.

[13] Malik was also part of the finale of the show.[14] After her Bigg Boss stay, she was mentioned in the media as the voice of liberal Muslims, including leading dailies, Daily Times,[15] Express Tribune,[16] and The Australian.[17] 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."[18]

In February 2011,[19] Veena Malik became part of the Cricket World Cup reality show[20] 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[21] 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.[22]

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.[23] Veena Malik collected almost over 71,000 entries from all over the world for the show.[24]

FHM Images[edit]

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.[25] Malik says she was topless[26] but did not pose completely nude,[27] and has sued the magazine over the images.[28]


Malik with Riyaz Gangji and Reshma Gangji in a Photoshoot.

Malik has worked as a representative at the World Health Organization for two years.[when?] She also sponsors a child at the SOS Children's Village, an NGO based in Pakistan working with orphaned children.[29]

In the Media[edit]

Veena Malik also broke the record for the Guinness World Records for getting maximum kisses on her birthday in a span of one minute[30][31] beating Salman Khan who held the record achieved on the reality show Guinness World Records – Ab India Todega.[32]

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.[33]


Year Film Role Notes
2000 Tere Pyar Mein Amina Urdu
2002 Yeh Dil Aap Ka Huwa Sana Urdu
2003 Pind Di Kudi Punjabi
2005 Koi Tujh Sa Kahan Punjabi Won Lux Style Award
2005 Kyun Tum Se Itna Pyar Hai Urdu
2007 Mohabbatan Sachiyan Urdu

Won Lux Style Award

2008 Kabhi Pyar Na Karna Urdu
2008 Ishq Beparwaah Punjabi
2012 Gali Gali Mein Chor Hai Hindi Special appearance in song "Chhanno"
2012 Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya Hindi Special appearance in a song "Fann Ban Gayi"
2012 Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai Malai Hindi
2013 Jatts In Golmaal Punjabi Special appearance in a song "Shabboo"
2013 Zindagi 50-50 Madhuri Hindi
2013 Dirty Picture: Silk Sakkath Maga Silk Kannada
2013 Super Model Rupali Hindi
2014 Nagna Satyam Telugu


2014 Mumbai 125 KM 3D Hindi

Releasing on 18 July, 2014

2014 Eh Dil Da Mamla Punjabi Post-production
2014 Mr.Money Hindi

Special Appearance


Year Show Role Language Channel
2008 Hum Sub Umeed Se Hain
Geo TV
2010 Miss Duniya Dunya News
2012 Astaghfaar[34] Hero TV

Reality television[edit]

As Contestant
Year Show Standing Channel
Big Boss (season 4)
6th Place
Evicted Day 83
Bigg Toss Reality Game Show
India TV
UTV Bindass


Title Year Album
"Drama Queen"


2012 Drama Queen
"Rum Rum" 2013 Drama Queen



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  15. ^ "VIEW: Why is Veena Malik important?". Daily Times. 4 February 2011. 
  16. ^ "In defence of Veena Malik". Express Tribune. 30 January 2011. 
  17. ^ "Actress Veena Malik takes on clerics over dress". The Australian. 31 January 2011. 
  18. ^ "What Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi and Veena Malik have in common These two newly public figures might teach Muslims to stop feeling eternally outraged". Tehelka Magazine, Vol 8, Issue 6,. 12 February 2011. 
  19. ^ Times of India. (2011-02-20). Retrieved on 2011-05-29.
  20. ^ Bharat Chronicle. Bharat Chronicle (2011-02-20). Retrieved on 2011-05-29.
  21. ^ (2011-02-18). Retrieved on 2011-05-29.
  22. ^ Pakistani Actress Defies Mullah Accusing Her of Immoral Behavior on an Indian Reality TV Show‏. YouTube. Retrieved on 2011-05-29.
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