Aymen Saleem Says Dramas Stereotype Pakistani Women

Pakistani actress and model, Aymen Saleem, claims that TV dramas promote the stereotypes of Pakistani women and a change needs to be made.

Aymen Saleem Says Dramas Stereotype Pakistani Women


“People need to shun these stereotypical images"

Aymen Saleem, a Pakistani actress and model, has expressed her opinion on how negatively Pakistani women are portrayed in TV dramas.

In an interview with Shivani Pau on the podcast A Millennial Mind, Aymen discussed her introduction to the Pakistani drama business.

She also talked about the content of Pakistan shows while highlighting how women were depicted in them during the interview.

On the matter, Aymen commented:

“The modern Pakistani women are not like that at all, they’re like me or they are like I know so many others who are super driven.

“They are not damsels in distress and they are nowhere like conniving puppeteers.”

Aymen further said that this was the reason why she carefully selected the scripts for her shows.

She also didn’t want to promote specific material or give the wrong impression to a younger audience, telling them to change their mindsets.

But the actress also believes that programmes’ material is improving:

“We definitely are evolving and such sorts of scripts are getting better but we have a long way to go.

“People need to shun these stereotypical images of women in Pakistan or even India.”

The model also talked about her future marital ambitions in the podcast.

Aymen Saleem mentioned random women she does not know have approached her to ask about when she plans to marry and her reasoning for still being unwed.

She continued to state that there is nothing in the works at the moment in her love life.

Whilst she is focused on her career, she would still feel content if she were to get married and has children of her own in the future.

Speaking on her newfound fame, Aymen opened up about when she entered the entertainment field, her family would try to discredit and criticise her.

She admitted that as her fame grew, the same people who critiqued her kept calling to ask her to take photographs with them.

Watch the full podcast episode here:


The Chupke Chupke Ramadan special in 2021 catapulted Aymen Saleem to popularity.

After a year, Saleem made her television comeback in 2022 with another Ramadan drama, Paristan, in which she played Pari.

In her current work, Aymen is now appearing as Aliya in the feminist romance Ibn-e-Hawwa on Hum TV.

Aymen Saleem is the niece of the late Pakistani singer Nazia Hassan’s niece. Her father, Saleem Yousuf, was a former cricketer for Pakistan.

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