After giving 2 countries sleepless nights and either irate or awed fans much to 'ponder over', there's speculation that the controversy between Veena Malik and the FHM magazine was indeed fabricated and stirred for effect.
"Mumbai-based fashion designer and stylist Umair Zafar, who has done several shoots with controversial photographer Vishal Saxena, spilled the beans on the Veena Malik-FHM cover shoot controversy," reports TOI.
"A few days before the FHM cover was out, photographer Vishal Saxena told me to be prepared for a big 'dhamaka'," the daily quotes Umair Zafar.
So was it all pre-planned?
"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," Umair Zafar tells the daily.
"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," tells Zafar to the newspaper.
If this entire controversy between Veena Malik and FHM was indeed fabricated, then 2 nations were taken for a ride. And quite immodestly too!