|Pakistani actress Veena Malik, who rose to fame with her stint in Bigg Boss 4, is now set to play a sex worker in a Bollywood film.
The siren from across the border is playing a sex worker in the film Zindagi 50-50. The role is based on the real life character of sex worker Madhuri, who has been moonlighting for years to support her family.
Not the one to do a tacky job, Veena has been meeting sex workers in Mumbai.
"This film has changed my life and my attitude to women and sex workers in particular...I insisted on playing Madhuri. Koi connect hai (some connection is there)... I don't know what it was. But I instantly empathized with Madhuri's responsibilities towards her large family,” Veena is quoted as saying in an agency interview.
“Maybe because I come from a family of five daughters and one son. But I understand what it feels like to be a woman in a male-dominated society. I've always supported myself, been on my own since adulthood,” she noted.
Veena spent hours with Madhuri to know about her dual life.
“In the daytime she's a normal middle-class girl. In the night she puts on her burqa and goes to work in the red-light area, just like any normal working girl,” Veena added.
“I loved the dignity that Madhuri brings to her life and her work. I hope I am able to convey the same dignity in my performance,” Veena said.