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‘I’m controversy’s favourite child’

Navleen Lakhi , Hindustan Times   December 13, 2012
First Published: 10:27 IST(13/12/2012) | Last Updated: 11:32 IST(16/1/2013)

She leaves the shutterbugs, who waited for more than an hour to click her, disappointed. But, on the contrary, sari-clad Veena Malik mouths enough lines that can make a ‘spicy’ read.

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“I’m hot and sexy, and there is no doubt about it,” claims the Pakistani model and actor, who says that when she wakes up in the morning, she tells herself “why am I still looking so glamorous”.

While most of us find it difficult to separate Malik from controversy, she too minces no words when she says, “I have always been controversy’s favourite child”.

The starlet, who was linked up with tainted Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Asif, has allegedly been embroiled in controversies including a nude photoshoot for a men’s magazine with the initials of Pak intelligence agency tattooed on her arm, her intimacy with Ashmit Patel in the Bigg Boss house, her ‘missing’ from the sets of her film before the much-hyped show Veena Malik Ka Swayambar, which never materialised, and her relationship with director Hemant Madhukar.

“Controversies are so in love with me that they follow me. I sleep over them, and they are back, knocking at my door the next day,” she says.

“None of these stories and rumours has ever been spread by me.”

But don’t these bother her? “When things are beyond your control, you can’t help it. Certain things have started bothering me now though,” says Malik who claims to be the opposite of what she is perceived to be.

“I’m introvert, quiet and don’t like chaos. But I’m a strong person. I don’t have friends in the industry. I am close to my family,” says Malik steering the conversation back home to Pakistan.

“Pakistan is growing too. Women there are no longer victims. Nothing is stopping them.

Fortunately, women have started believing in themselves,” says Malik who even claims that many women’s organisations want to be associated with her.

“But I’m not an activist or a feminist. I’m a woman with my own stance. I’m living the dreams of thousands of girls in Pakistan,” she says.

Away from her country, where does she feel at home? “I’m a global citizen. I keep travelling. I hardly stay in Mumbai. A few days back I was in Hyderabad, and now I’m in Chandigarh. When I was three years old, my grandmother took me away and I returned to my parents at the age of seven, followed by packing my bags to stay in a hostel. Wherever I stay is home to me,” says Malik, upbeat about her forthcoming projects. 

“2013 will see my six projects — three Bollywood films, a Telugu and a Kannada film and an item number in Punjabi film Jatts in Golmal (also the reason for her visit to Chandigarh on Wednesday). In Mumbai 125 KM, a 3D action thriller, I will be seen in an action role. I am playing a sex worker in Zindagi 50-50. In Supermodel, I am playing the lead with Ashmit Patel. In Kannada film Dirty Picture I will play the role of Silk.”

On being stereotyped, Malik is quick to add, “I’m not just an item girl. It’s that I find item numbers really exciting; I have other strong roles also. And, I don’t have time for small screen. But cricket will keep me busy, as I will be soon hosting the Indo-Pak series.”

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