Resham (actress) Wiki, Age, Husband, Family, Biography & More

Resham is a veteran Pakistani actress, model and, humanitarian. She is a renowned celebrity in Pakistani Cinema and television dramas. She debuted her career in the film industry in 1995, with a leading role in the film “Jeeva,” opposite Babar Ali. She was honoured with the Pride of Performance Award in 2021 by the President of Pakistan, Arif Alvi, at the President House in the Federal capital. She is also known for her charitable works.

Wiki/Biography

Resham was born as Saima Shah on 2 October 1968, (age 54 years; as of 2022) in Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan. [1] While growing up in Pakistan, she attended a school in Lahore, where she completed her high school studies, till the 10th grade. After passing high school she didn’t pursue higher studies and decided to start her career in acting and modelling. Resham is not only known for her brilliant acting skills but also for her philanthropic acts. She supports various funding and is often seen helping the needy.

Some childhood photographs of Resham

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 7″

Weight (approx.): 56 kg

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Black

Family

Parents & Siblings

Resham was born in a Muslim Punjabi family. She lost both of her parents when she was in her early childhood. Her father had died before her birth and her mother passed away 7 years after her birth. After the death of her mother, she was fostered by her elder sister, Shamim.

Resham with her elder sister Shamim

She lost her only brother in 2020. On his first death anniversary, she shared an emotional post on Instagram in his remembrance.

An Instagram Post shared by Resham on the first death anniversary of her Brother

Husband/Boyfriend

In 2019, Resham announced her plans for her marriage but didn’t disclose the name of her would-be husband. Later, some rumours were spread about her marriage to a Europe-based businessman, but the actress denied the news.

Career

Acting

Films

Resham made her film debut in 1995 with the Urdu Pakistani film “Jeeva,” opposite Babar Ali. In the 1990s, she had become a renowned name in Lollywood. For her leading role in the film “Sangam” (1997), she received the National Award for Best Actress.

Resham in a still from the film ‘Sangam’ (1997)

Later, her role as Salma in the film “Jannat ki Talash” was really admired by the audience and she won the Nigar Award for Best Actress for the same in 1999. She is also known for her other remarkable roles in the films “Chor Machaye Shor” (1996), “Ghunghat” (1996), “Dupatta Jal Raha Hai” (1998), “Pal Do Pal” (1999) and “Swaarangi” (2015).

Poster for the film ‘Janat ki Talash’ (1999)

Television

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’

Charity Work

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,” [2]

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. [3]

میری پیاری دوست فلم اسٹار ریشم @TheRealResham چارسدہ میں سیلاب زدگان کی مدد کے لئے ٹرکوں میں امدادی سامان لے کے پہنچ گئی۔
اللّہ یہ جذبہ قبول کرے
آمین pic.twitter.com/SAnCRAw0ch

— Shama Junejo (@ShamaJunejo) September 12, 2022

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.” [4]

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۔
آمین pic.twitter.com/CpUHVrA7yJ

— 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,” [5]

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.”

Controversies

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),” [6]

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.” [7]

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. [8]

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

Facts/Trivia

  • Resham started her career in acting in 1992 as a supporting actor in television dramas.
  • She is the only member of her family who joined the film industry.
  • The drama “Man-O-Salwa”, in which Resham played the leading role as Zainab, is based on a novel written by Umera Ahmad, by the same title.

    Resham as Zainab in the drama Man-O-Salwa (2007)

  • Before commencing her career as a film actor, she had played as a supporting actor in various television dramas.
  • Resham is a fine example of “A friend in need is a friend indeed”. When her friend, Ali Zafar, was alleged by Meesha Shafi in the case of sexual harassment, Resham raised her voice to support her friend. She responded to the allegation made against Ali Zafar, and said,

    I have known Ali Zafar for 20 years; he is someone who gives a lot of respect to others… who gives respect to women,”. She added, “Ali knows the difference between friendship and harassment. He cannot do such a thing.” [9]

    Resham with Ali Zafar

  • Resham is very selective in taking on any project. In the Icon Interview with/of DAWN, she stated,
    I do get offered roles frequently, but I will only sign on to a project if I feel that it gives me the right mileage. I have worked very hard to prove my mettle and I deserve to be part of the project’s promotional clips and poster. Otherwise, I’m not interested,”