At the beginning of her acting career, Resham played the character of a supporting actor in various Pakistani TV Dramas. In 1993, she appeared as a lead actress in the drama “Din”, which aired on PTV. She has worked in more than 15 Pakistani dramas. Her role as Zainab in the drama “Man-O-Salwa” (2007) and Ashti in the drama “Aashti” (2009) were among the most remarkable.
Resham has played two unique roles i.e. the character of a serpent in the drama “Naagin” as Sajna, and the character of a religious woman in “Noor Bibi” as Noor Bibi. Both of these roles of hers are immensely appreciated by the audience. In 2021, she played the role of Rakhsekamar in the drama “Tehra Aangan” on Express Entertainment.
Resham as Sajna serpent in the drama ‘Naagin’
Poster for the drama ‘Noor Bibi’
Donations Made for Flood Affectees
Resham often hit the headlines for her charity work in which she makes huge donations for various causes. In 2010, she helped the victims affected by floods in Pakistan. She had sent three trucks through Express Helpline Trust to the affected area, carrying basic foodstuffs. She told,
The first truck was sent to Rahim Yar Khan. The second is being sent to Kot Addu. The third truck will be sent on Eid for which other actors have also donated. Ahsan Khan has given Rs100,000 and Deedar has donated Rs60,000,”
In addition to this, in 2022, she visited the flood-affected areas in Charsadda and distributed foodstuffs like mineral water, packed milk and dry fruits to the affected people. She has also distributed the cooked rice to more than 2,000 people.
Moreover, she is often seen preparing langer in her backyard/garden for needy people. In the Icon Interview with Dawn, she shared,
I get so much satisfaction from cooking for the people who I know don’t have much to eat,”. She added, “I want to go and cook at holy places, and give to the poor there as well. It is my dream to do so.”
ماشاءاللّہ فلم اسٹار ریشم @TheRealResham یکم محرم سے روزانہ نیاز کی دیگ خُود پکا کے غریبوں میں بانٹتی ہے۔ آج دس محرم کی رات حلیم کی دیگیں پکا رہی ہے۔ اللّہ خیرات قبول کرے اور کربلا کے شہیدوں کے صدقے زندگی میں خُوشیاں لائے۔
— Shama Junejo (@ShamaJunejo) August 8, 2022
Helped the Unemployed Lollywood Artists
In 2011, she distributed a small amount of Rs 2,000-5,000 to unemployed Lollywood artists and to needy widows of actors in Ramzaan. She stated,
Rs5,000 is not a huge amount, but at least it will help these artists to survive a few days of Ramazan now, when they do not have any source of earning,”
Helped an abandoned girl child
A girl *child, around 8 years old, was found in front of the hotel of Resham’s sister in 2010. The actress had taken responsibility for the child’s education and living expenses. Resham shared that she had experienced financial difficulties as she lost both of her parents in her early childhood. She stated,
I’m handing her over to the Child Protection Bureau but I will bear all the expenses. But if her parents can hear me, my appeal is to take her back since the child is very sad and scared. She is missing her family.”
“If financial problems are the only issue, which is why they left her at the hotel, I promise to bear all the expenditures till the day she is married.
I want her to be with her family. I can relate to her feelings since my parents passed away when I was very young. It was my elder sister who raised me after them.”
Trolled for throwing plastic bags into the river
In a video clip, Resham is seen feeding meat and bread to the fishes while on her way to Charasadda to help the flood affectees. The video also shows her throwing the plastic bags and utensils into the river, which was apparently criticised by the people. Resham was highly* trolled on social media for this act. Later, she apologized for her actions but also asked the people to cover the more crucial problems such as rape, instead of massively trolling her for throwing just a piece of plastic. She said,
I admit to having made a mistake by dumping plastic into the flood water but women are gang raped everyday,” “Violence against women is commonplace, yet, everyone’s blinded by a piece of plastic. They are dwelling in a fool’s paradise. I was merely offering sadqah (charity),”
Criticised for receiving Pride of Performance Award
After receiving the Pride of Performance Award, Resham was criticised by Sakina Samo, who is a Pakistani actress, producer, and director. Samo stated,
I personally believe the choice for Pride of Performance is becoming increasingly simple and easy and as a result, a number of personalities who have dedicated their entire careers often go unnoticed. It is sad that the government has given such a huge award to people like Resham and Ali Zafar, who in my opinion don’t really deserve it.”
On being criticised by Sakina Samo, Resham responded to her comment and said,
Perhaps I don’t deserve any awards or accolades. However, the point to ponder over here is, do great and senior actors globally give such demeaning remarks towards their juniors? Remarks that belittle and undermine years of struggles and hard work of another actor specially their juniors? Big actors, in their true sense, have big hearts.” She added, “May God bless her with more awards, but she should reflect upon the fact that but when someone tries to put someone else down, it shows their own caliber and character, not the other person’s.”
Alleged Reham Khan used her name in her book
In the show, One Take Season 2, Momin Ali Munshi had an interview with Resham, in which Resham told that her name was used by Reham Khan, to sell her book. She called Reham the worst example of a woman, whereas she considers Jemima Goldsmith to be the best. Both Reham and Jemima Goldsmith, are the former wives of Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Everyone makes mistakes. Imran Khan made a few mistakes. I have made a lot of mistakes. But Reham Khan? Reham Khan is the worst example of a woman. And Jemima Goldsmith is the best.” Resham stated.
Awards and Honours
- In 1997, Resham received the National Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film “Sangam”.
- She was honoured with Nigar Award for her role as Salma in the Urdu Pakistani film “Jannat ki Talash” in 1999.
- In 2021, she was honoured with the Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan, Arif Alvi, at the President House in the Federal capital.
Resham receiving Pride of Performance Award in 2021