Bollywood actress Veena Malik reported missing after nude FHM photo scandalBy Martin Newman, Daily Mail 17/12/2011
There were fears today for the wellbeing of Bollywood actress Veena Malik after she was reported missing by her manager.The controversial Pakistani model and actress, who is suing FHM magazine after she claimed they doctored photos to make her look nude, has not been seen since yesterday morning.
She had complained of feeling depressed, but also was the subject of death threats over the photos.
Her manager Pratiek Mehta said he received a text from Malik saying she was ill and depressed.
Mr Mehta said she had been filming a movie called Mumbai 125 Kilometers at Goregaon and was last seen leaving in a car after shooting had finished.
He added: "I have been trying to reach her since yesterday, but have failed. I have approached the officials at Bandra police station and have sought help in finding the whereabouts of Veena."
However, the police at Bandra said she had not officially been reported as a missing person..
The film’s director Hemant Madhukar said: "Veena left after the pack-up yesterday (Friday) morning. In the afternoon, I received an SMS from her where she apologised for not being able to concentrate on the shooting, stating that she was disturbed.
"I called her immediately, but her number was not reachable. I have not been able to get in touch with her since.”
Veena Malik defends herself on Indian television
Last week Malik was reported to have said the stress of the controversy had aged her 10 years.
Referring to FHM India, the 33-year-old said: “I feel completely cheated. They've added 10 years to my age.”
Malik, who appeared on Bigg Boss, the Indian version of Big Brother, created controversy earlier this month when FHM India published a nude picture of her on its cover.
The controversial December issue of FHM in India
She had previously been accused by clerics of immoral behaviour on Bigg Boss for wearing shorts, hugging a male actor and swimming with Pamela Anderson.
She countered by accusing the Pakistan media of having double standards about men and women's behaviour.
She claimed she only posed topless for FHM, but that photos were doctored to make her look completely naked.
Since the pictures appeared of her, with just an ISI (an acronym for the Pakistan spy agency) fake tattoo on her arm, she has been the subject of death threats from militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba.
The Lahore-based militants issued a statement saying: "She has made fun of all Muslim women and brought shame to the entire nation. Veena Malik will be dealt with accordingly on her return to Pakistan."
Spokesman Abu Usama added ominously: "Our faithful are prepared to welcome her."
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