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Leave Veena Malik Alone

January 22, 2011

Veena Malik was one of the participants of India’s popular reality TV show ‘Big Boss 4’. In that show, according to her, she was given certain tasks to perform and one of those tasks involved a degree of intimacy with an Indian actor Ashmit Patel and that is where the twist in the tale occurred. The people of Pakistan took offence to her cuddling in the arms of an Indian, Hindu man. All of a sudden people came up with conclusion that she was specking the name of Pakistan because as the cliché goes she was representing Pakistan. The question is that was she really representing Pakistan?

The nationality is the foremost criteria of an individual’s identity while travelling abroad. When an entertainment or sport celebrity travel to another country under the management of a government organization; it can be said that the entertainer, a player or a team was representing Pakistan. On the other hand, if a sport player or a member of an entertainment industry visits a foreign country in personal capacity albeit to perform publicly does not necessarily mean that individual was representing the country. How many knew Aisam-ul-Haq was representing Pakistan in Tennis tournaments abroad for ten years or so before he made it to the doubles finals of the US Open 2010 and came into limelight? Veena being an adult and an independent citizen took decision to be part of an Indian show and she was the one responsible for her acts.

If we assume that she was representing Pakistan because everyone on the show knew her as an actor from Pakistan even then what’s the logic of the entire nation feeling ashamed of her intimacy with Ashmit? Would it have made any difference if a male actor from Pakistan had become intimate with an Indian woman instead of Veena?

Mohsin Khan with Reena Roy

Did Pakistan react the same way when the test cricketer of yesteryears Mohsin Khan not only acted in Indian movies but also got married to an Indian, half-Muslim actor Reena Roy?

The way Veena defended herself on Kamran Shahid’s show was awe-inspiring. She was pitted against Mufti Abdul Qavi and his main contention was that Veena trampled the honor of the nation. I’ve explained already as to why it shouldn’t matter to us whatever she did and the matter would die down if people stop thinking about it anyway. Veena raised certain genuine points such as that why the people were singling her out when there is whole lot of filth being produced in Pakistan in the name of stage plays and movies.

I appreciate her courage for admitting that she was the sole bread earner for her family and no one ever mentioned positives aspects of her life. The Mufti when left with no arguments gave an example of Sania Mirza – don’t know in what context though. So since today Sania is the wife of a Pakistani cricketer, she’s become the nation’s darling. Does Mufti sahib realize that as many as three fatwas have been issued against Sania in the past six years for wearing shorts on court, for promoting safe pre-marital sex and for allegedly living together with Shoaib before marriage?

For me the most solid argument of the show was when Veena asked Mufti sahib to pay attention to the issue of maulvis sodomizing young boys instead of attacking her. True, the Pakistani nation never feels ashamed when a woman is ganged raped and paraded naked in the streets. At that time the ‘honor’ vanishes in thin air – hypocrisy much!

Kudos to Veena for standing up for herself; for giving words to the feelings of those countless people who fear to speak out in public even on real issues faced by our society.

Edited version on: The Express Tribune

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. Farhan permalink
    January 22, 2011 1:23 am

    It was funny how the mufti was diverting the attention from the important points she raised to the trivial issues of her pictures. My English teacher told me a very long time ago in school that there is no way we can have rational discussions with these kind of people, because they will always bring in the irrationality which is guarded by a large majority of their type, and who are willing to kill and maim to keep their animalistic ideology safe.

    • January 22, 2011 1:27 am

      Well put Farhan! It is pathetic that genuine religious issues are not allowed to discuss (the shrinking environment of debate in Pakistan as Declan Walsh wrote) while such insignificant matters are presented on the national TV.

  2. Ugly Shoelace permalink
    January 22, 2011 2:54 am

    The way she defended herself in Kamran Shahid’s show was awesome! I don’t really get why we make such controversies out of everything? She went there as in individual not as a Pakistani representative, she had fun, she stayed there for 84 days and she provided entertainment to the audience. Our nations needs to lighten up. Specifically the molvis.

    Yesterday, when she asked the molvi where he had seen her photographs was really funny. I mean, it was a correct response to someone who claims that they are pious and never look at women.

  3. January 22, 2011 10:33 am

    I havent seen the program yet… but my opinion is following:

    1) No body knew Veena Malik as a person… Every one knows her an actress from Pakistan… so naturally the tag Pakistan remains with her all the time…

    2) In her interviews, she always maintained that she is representing Pakistan in India…

    3) Whatever she does in India, e.g drinking wine or intimidate postures with Ashmit Patel is NOT her personal attitude… it shows the world that the girls in Pakistan are open to all these kinds of bad behaviors… which obviously is not the case…

    4) Yes we a hypocrate society but for how long should we continue this…. If Mohsin Khan can do it then why not Veena…? If Shoaib Malik can wed Sania Mirza then why Veena cant do whatever she is not used to do in Pakistan…? for how long on the name of hypocracy we continue to defend the wrong happening again and again… when will we stop it for once and for all…?

    5) Shaitaan, as we all call the devil… helps the person to explain, negotiate, defend and communicate the evil… as was the case of Veena Malik’s defence on Kamran Shahid’s program…

  4. January 22, 2011 10:36 am

    Veena Malik, Meera or whoever and wherever try to impose their own Islam, culture and Nationalism should be stopped for ever to happen again… because is it helping Pakistan to rise or making any good impression all around the world?

    And i say above not only for vulgar actresses… its for so called Molviz and general masses too….

  5. Uljalool permalink
    January 22, 2011 12:08 pm

    Ayesha, I applaud you for standing up for Veena Malik and also for giving an expression to the feelings of a silent majority who are handicapped or too fearful to express themselves. I am deeply impressed not only by her solid arguments and questions but also for her courage to expose the very filth we sweep under the rug.

  6. Uljalool permalink
    January 22, 2011 2:13 pm

    Ayesha a slow thinker as I am, I forgot to say it earlier that more we expose the hypocrisy so pervaisive in our social- fibric and the tribal mindset we have utterly failed to come out of, far less it is. I think the organized religion being pushed down our throats is an evil and cancerous, slowly killing us all. All religions in the 21st Century have become more or less irrelevant,any relevance if it exists is only at a personal level between an indvidual and the Almighty the rest is all you know what. We read every day the charges of of sexual abuse being levied against priests in Catholic Church, our Molawies are not for behind the only difference is that nobody takes thier victims seriously in our corner of the globe and they(Mullas) are allowed to perpetrate such lewed acts with an impunity. I think we are as a community way more degenerate than any Western Society I had a chance to live and work in.

  7. January 23, 2011 3:44 am

    What’s funny is the fact that she’s being targeted because she is essentially, a girl. If the Indians (or anyone else for that matter) decided to shatter Pakistan, all they need is calling a girl to their own country, and giving her the choice to do what she wanted to do.

    Having an opinion (as Mr. Iqbal above) has, is not a bad thing. But, using that opinion to directly hijack the personal lives of others and make them work according to what you think is right, is just not correct.

    What Veena, or Sania, or whoever else did was their own prerogative. People who really care about her ‘representing Pakistan’ should actually take a look at what our Foreign Minister and Prime Minister and the rest of the world (including them, maybe) do when they go to a foreign country and go wild in terms of expenditure, living and doing many other things that are not only ethically but sometimes even morally incorrect.

    Kudos Ayesha, for reverberating the rationally diverse opinions of the better-half of youth!

  8. loneliberalpk permalink
    January 23, 2011 6:46 am

    Hats off to Veena Malik for putting the illiterate mullah in his place.

    She claims that she was not representing Pakistani culture, but I wish she HAD claimed to be doing them. Then the world would at least been deceived into thinking that this nation is not a misogynistic one, and women here have the freedom to do and wear what they want.

    Why do people think it’s okay for them to dictate women what they should wear/not wear? Who do these mullahs think they are?

  9. Uljalool permalink
    January 23, 2011 11:26 am

    Ayesha Ji if I may ask you a question which has been causing a bit of confusion for me. The question is, “what is Half-Muslim” I honestly never heard of this term before. Islam is a faith not a nationality or race either one is a Believer or Non-Believer there is nothing in between atleast that is how I understand it.

    • Jabbar permalink
      December 18, 2011 2:35 pm

      I respect your passion for Islam, but just in case you were serious when you asked this question.
      In this context I believe Half-Muslim means one of the parents is a Muslim while the other belongs to a different religion. Religion besides being a faith is also a legally/constitutionally valid categorization that appears on various governmental and other documents. So a Muslim, even if he is a non-believer is still listed a Muslim.

  10. marium permalink
    January 23, 2011 4:00 pm

    very good observation

  11. Raheel permalink
    January 24, 2011 1:34 am

    I have got better some business to do than worrying about Meera, Veena, Sania etc. 😀
    My nation is stupid. Thank you, bundle of T.V. Channels!

  12. Anonymous permalink
    January 24, 2011 3:35 am

    Veena..veena everywhere !!
    Kudos to veena malik..for she surely knows how to gain publicity 🙂

    But in this case..I’ll support Veena whole-heartedly ‘cuz she has not done anything wrong by appearing in an Indian reality show.. why are people of pakistan singling out only Veena ??
    ..if they’ve so much hatred towards their people appearing in an Indian show.. They should’ve targeted “Begum Nawazish” too for misrepresenting Pakistani males..why such a bias towards Veena only ??

    As far as Begum Nawazish is concerned why the torch-bearers of the faith are silent..why are they not targeting “him” for tarnishing the image of Pakistani males ?? Do they have any answers for this..

    But.. I definitely didn’t liked Veena’s statement whereby she said that she made a “Kaafir” to offer “Namaaz”..Does that mean she was on a mission to convert people in India ??

  13. January 25, 2011 3:02 pm

    Assalamoalaikum,
    How are you Ayesha? I had been thinking to read your blog some time.. this amusing article was the first i read. i said amusing because these issues keepp coming up in Pakistan…and the reaction is always the same..
    Nice tos ee at least some of us still active in the blogging world!

    Keep up the nice work Ayesha!

  14. January 25, 2011 11:19 pm

    Totally agree! It takes guts to face a criticising Mullah and she certainly showed him the door.

  15. Pradeep From India permalink
    January 28, 2011 11:26 am

    All religions… *ALL* are patriarchal. Enough said.

  16. Anonymous permalink
    January 29, 2011 1:25 am

    Islam does not have a set of rules for women only but for men also. Does our hypocrate Mullahs commented or raised any voice on what our Mr.President did in USA the way he holded and cuddled with hand of Sara Palin in front of world media has made our heads bowed with shame.

  17. January 31, 2011 3:44 am

    disgusting

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