After a month's wait, Veena Malik has finally released her much awaited comeback song.
Titled Aye Dushman-e-Watan, the single was launched yesterday at a press con held in Karachi. The video features Veena Malik singing in white shalwar kameez, while a screen behind her plays footage of military operations in Pakistan.
At the launch, the actor was delighted to have the media attention all to herself and thanked everyone for showing up.
"First of all I'd like to say that the press' love and romance for me has not decreased at all, it has only grown. Speaking in regards to this project, I would like to say that I am very excited, happy and proud to share this project with you.
"In my 17-year career, this country has given me a lot: respect, a name, glory, and the love of millions of people. I can't thank you enough for the love," she said.
"First of all, I'd like to say that the press' love and romance for me has not decreased at all, it has only grown," said Veena Malik
And added: "As an actor, as an entertainer if I can express my love for the country through a tribute, it won't be enough. This is a small effort from my part that I've made this anthem and it's my wish that in the coming years, I can completely pay back this country. All my work whether it's in showbiz, or through this anthem, I would like to dedicate my future to this country."
The lyrics of the song have been written by retired lieutenant colonel Kazim Hussain Shah (retd.) who's been honoured with the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (military).
"I cannot explain everything that I have written (lyrics)," he said. "What impression it gives you, what challenges it's giving to the enemy, you need to see it (video) and analyse it for yourself."
He added, "I will only say that I'm not a professional poet, I'm just passionate about poetry — but I put my heart and soul into it. Somehow, Veena found me and forced me [to write the lyrics]; I told her even my family members don't know that I write poetry, but she only said, 'You have been contributing to your country, so why don't you do it now too?'"
Of course, the press couldn't help asking Veena about her pending divorce.
"For me marriage, or any relationship, is something I hold in high regard. I have not yet taken back the khula but in regards to our reconciliation, Mufti Naeem sahab and Amir Liaquat sahab are in talks [with us] keeping in mind the Pakistani Constitution and the Shariah law -- but if there is a decision that is made, I will let you know. I choose not to talk about this, but since you asked I answered."
Now that she has made her comeback into showbiz, it's unlikely that she'll be leaving again. "People often ask me, 'How long do you think you will act and be in the entertainment industry?' and I've always told them that I will only break ties with the entertainment industry when I die.
And when I knew I wanted to be an actor? I tell my friends, maybe in my mother's womb. Because since I was in fourth grade, I remember at the back of my notebooks, I used to draw eyelashes, liners, high heels, so it's likely that this is what I've always to do. But now everything this country has blessed me with I'd like to give back through anthems, in the forms of songs."