‘People are only interested in trolling me’: Resham draws public ire for throwing plastic waste into a river

‘People are only interested in trolling me’: Resham draws public ire for throwing plastic waste into a river

The actor said she was "merely offering sadqah" and has become "absentminded" after contracting coronavirus twice.
14 Sep, 2022

A video of veteran actor Resham throwing meat, bread and plastic waste into a river on her way to Charsadda has drawn massive backlash online, with people calling out the actor’s actions.

On Sunday, the actor uploaded a video of herself throwing meat and bread into a river on Facebook. She also threw the plastic packaging the food came in into the water.

People were very angry at her thoughtless actions. Singer Meesha Shafi tweeted, “Distributing aid on camera to victims of horrific floods caused by giant climate change calamity right after throwing groceries and plastic shoppers/trays into a river (also on camera).”

Activist Shaniera Akram also shared the clip on her Instagram stories and asked who throws meat and plastic containers into a flood affected river, that too “on camera”.

One Twitter user said she is feeding the river creatures and arranging to “kill them” as well.

People had jokes about her nonchalant dumping of plastic waste.

Someone shared an Urdu idiom about keeping quiet about your good deeds.

People had jokes.

“Feed a fish and kill it too,” wrote another user.

People were disappointed with the actor.

One person shared a picture of Turkish actor Celal Al’s visit to Pakistan to help flood victims as a comparison.

In response to the criticism, Resham defended her actions and told The Friday Times on Tuesday that there are way more pressing issues out there. “Women are gang raped here everyday. Violence against women is commonplace. I was merely offering sadaqah [charity],” she said. She also gave an “unconditional apology,” admitting that she made a mistake by throwing plastic into the water body.

But she also justified her actions, saying she had contracted Covid-19 twice and was “absentminded” because of it. She also said she lost her only brother some time ago as well. She added that she had been struggling with her mental health but also questioned “why the brouhaha” when untreated waste is dumped into the water on a daily basis and industrialists are not held accountable. Resham also questioned why “special treatment” was being given to her for something she did out of “absent-mindedness”.

“I am in Charsadda as we speak. I have been been quietly helping thousands affected in the calamity-hit district. But, of course, people are only interested in trolling me. I do a lot of good too,” she reasoned.

“I have an enviable social media following. Over 600,000 people follow me just on Facebook. That’s more than enough publicity for me. I feed hundreds. A great deal of what I make is spent on this but people will only comment on that video,” the Naagin actor said.


yasser Sep 14, 2022 12:06pm
absentminded or just plain ignorant?
NYS Sep 14, 2022 12:26pm
Sometimes good deeds turn into bad due to wrong act
Pak Pashtun Sep 14, 2022 12:35pm
These are uneducated performers, she did exactly what she is, illiterate.... Amazing stupidity.
Fandom Beyond the Boarders Sep 14, 2022 12:50pm
No madam. Here, the criticism is justified. You are a celebrity and you need to be very careful about what you do.
Agnostic Sep 14, 2022 12:51pm
You were trying to give a good message but in this process, you made a fatal mistake and let other know how uneducated you are.
JS Sep 14, 2022 01:50pm
Neither absent-minded nor ignorant. Resham was clearing her car of the bread that had expired. So meticulous about waste and so desperate of being trolled, this time for her carelessness. Be careful, Resham. We like you so much
Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Sep 14, 2022 02:20pm
As you sow, so shall you reap.
Maula Jatt Sep 14, 2022 02:25pm
Why always video when doing good deeds.
Hyra Sep 14, 2022 02:56pm
Uneducated and ignorant.
Syed Hasni Sep 14, 2022 03:14pm
I am dumbfounded, No comments !
Tamilselvan Sep 14, 2022 04:52pm
Hope the authorities impose a hefty fine and use it to feed 100 people
Ehsan Sep 14, 2022 06:40pm
Please everyone respect your land please please don’t throw trash around. It’s not an ignorant educated or uneducated issue everyone across the board is doing it
nk Sep 14, 2022 07:27pm
@yasser That is the way we are.
Mueed Sep 14, 2022 07:47pm
Why no one noticed that she has also parked the car on the road which can cause serious accident.
Wahab UK Sep 14, 2022 07:52pm
Unbelievable, she should face heavy fine for polluting the river.
SayNoToPlastics Sep 14, 2022 09:25pm
Let the one who has never thrown plastic waste in the open cast the first comment against the lady . The whole nation is guilty of destroying this beautiful land and the great ocean by dumping plastic waste and poisenous discharges in the river system .
M. Emad Sep 14, 2022 11:04pm
Polluted Air. Polluted Rivers. Polluted City-Towns.
Talha Sep 15, 2022 09:18am
It is no big deal; Resham is right. Who hasn't ever thrown trash in the open? It is not right, but we ARE literally dumping all our waste into rivers anyway.