On December 25, Pakistani actor Veena Malik sprung a major surprise on everyone by secretly getting married in Dubai. Veena and Pakistani singer and actor Asad Bashirr had an arranged marriage.
"Yes, I am getting married. Destiny always surprises you. Right now, I'm in the court for the formalities and later we have a small family function," said Veena, speaking to us from Dubai on Wednesday. She even posted a picture on Twitter of the couple's wedding bands.
Although Veena could not divulge further details as she was busy with the wedding formalities, her father, Malik Mohammad Aslam, told us, "It is an arranged marriage. I know Asad's father well. We all spoke about it and Veena accepted the proposal about a month ago. Once the court formalities are done, we will have a small family function and in a few months, we'll have a reception."
Incidentally, Veena was seeing someone before she accepted Asad's proposal. However, because her father didn't approve of her then-boyfriend, she decided to end that relationship.
"I am very happy with the marriage. I told her that if she wanted my blessings, then Asad was the right man for her. She must have felt that I was right; that's why she gave her consent," said Veena's father, who also told her that he did not "object to her working in showbiz", but he wanted her to get married first. "It was the right time. We are a traditional family and want our daughters to live a settled life," he added.
In 2010, Veena first came into the limelight in India when she participated in a reality show, on which she reportedly got cosy with Ashmit Patel. She also allegedly dated Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Asif and a Norway-based businessman named Shaikh Umar Farukh Zahoor.
Veena Malik strikes a pose on the sets. (AFP Photo)