Veena Malik, the queen of controversies, has sued FHM India magazine for $1.95 million for allegedly publishing her morphed photo on its cover without her consent. Ayaz Bilawala, Malik’s lawyer, will file suit in Bombay High Court soon.
“Malik felt cheated and duped by FHM India, which tampered her photo with the photoshoot,” Ayaz Bilawala told BBC.
The magazine has been asked to remove all its copies from newsstands and pay $1.95 million in damages, he said.
Kabeer Sharma, editor for FHM India magazine, said the photo was not morphed and they have video footage of the shoot to prove its authenticity.
In the legal notice sent to the magazine Sunday, Bilawala said that while discussing the photo shoot for the magazine, Sharma suggested that Malik go for the ISI tattoo on her left arm.
Bilawala further said that his client was made to believe that the tattoo was a great idea and would be good for her image. She has suffered a loss of reputation and we are demanding damages and withdrawal of the magazine from newsstands, he added.
The legal notice served to the magazine says FHM India intentionally induced our client to take photographs with clothes on and later tampered with and/or morphed the photographs with a deliberate intent to cheat our client.
Sharma confirmed to the BBC that the magazine received the legal notice Sunday.
We have seen the notice and forwarded it to our legal department for appropriate action, Sharma said.
All the allegations are false and we are looking at various options, including filing a countersuit, he said.