Actress claims nude pics are fake
Published 05/12/2011 | 13:38
A popular Pakistani actress has accused an Indian men's magazine of publishing photos she says were doctored to make her appear nude.
Veena Malik's racy images in the December issue of FHM India has triggered fury in her country, with one Islamic cleric calling them a "shame for all Muslims."
The photo essay appears to make light of the military rivalry between India and Pakistan, nuclear-armed neighbours who have fought three wars.
In the magazine's cover photo, Ms Malik is shown wearing no clothing, but with her arms and legs discreetly positioned to keep her covered. She has the letters ISI stencilled on her arm, representing Pakistan's powerful spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency.
In a second photo, she is lying on a camouflage military helmet and in a third she is wearing what appears to be a green ammunition belt and pretending to pull the pin out of a grenade with her teeth. She appears to be topless in those images.
Ms Malik's lawyer, Ayaz Bilawala, denied the nude cover photo was authentic and said Ms Malik was wearing underwear throughout the entire shoot. He has demanded all copies of the magazine be removed from news-stands and is suing for £1.3 million in damages.
"She has been cheated, and there has been tampering, and the photographs have been morphed," he said. "She has not posed in the manner in which she has been shown." He also disputed the magazine's assertion that it possessed a video of the shoot that would prove the photos were real.
FHM India editor Kabeer Sharma insisted the photos were authentic and said he had just come out of a meeting with the magazine's lawyers where they watched the video of the photo session proving his case.
"It's a considered decision on our part not to make that video public because of the nature of the video. The allegations are entirely false and we are investigating various options including a countersuit," he said.
Ms Malik courted controversy last year when she participated in India's "Bigg Boss" reality show, where minor celebrities are locked in a house together. Conservative Pakistani clerics lambasted her both for appearing on a show in arch-rival India and for appearing to canoodle with an Indian actor in the house.