Her real name was Zahida Malik. Her parents later changed her name to Veena.
She was born into a conservative army family in Rawalpindi and faced great adversity from members of her family, especially her father, on her decision to join show business.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Psychology and Persian from F.G. College, Rawalpindi. Through middle and high school, she excelled both academically and outside of the classroom. She was also an ace athlete, playing and winning constant laurels in Basketball & Track Racing Events. While she was mastering sports by being Football Captain, she balanced this with a surprising dexterity on the intellectual field as well, winning debating competitions as well as ‘Naat’ competitions.
Veena Malik got basic military training and is a good shooter.
Before starting her career off as an actress, she worked as a comedian for several television shows and series.
In 2007, she graced the red carpet event of the Lux Style Awards and was awarded as being the “Most Stylish Celebrity on the Carpet.”
She went on to win the Lux Style Award in the category of Best Actress.
She has worked as a representative at the World Health Organization (WHO) for two years.
She sponsors a child at the SOS Children’s Village, which is an NGO based in Pakistan working with orphaned children. She got the Chief Minister’s appreciation letter for her work in the SOS village.
Veena Malik broke the record in the Guinness World Records for getting maximum kisses on her birthday in a span of one minute, beating Salman Khan who held the record achieved on the reality show Guinness World Records – Ab India Todega
In 2012, she was ranked at No. 26 on FHM India’s “100 sexiest women list” which included Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox, Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Shilpa Shetty and Sonam Kapoor.
She has announced her retirement from the film industry after her marriage and will only be part of projects which aim at social welfare and development.