Saleem describes himself as ‘a woman in a man’s body’, who fantasized about growing up to be a woman since he was a child.
Benazir Bhutto, former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Diane Spencer, Princess of Wales and actress/singer Noor Jehan. Bhutto herself asked Ali to do his impersonation of her and burst out laughing.
He has now become famous as Begum Nawazish Ali, a flirtatious widow on The Late Night Show on Aaj TV, where she poses taboo questions, that journalists regularly avoid, to imans, celebrities and politicians. Pakistan’s military government has threatened to ban the program.
Saleem is openly bisexual.
The show was finally banned in July 2007.
- Isambard Wilkinson. “How Pakistan's 'Dame Edna' has upset Musharraf”. Daily Telegraph. 22/04/2006. www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/04/22/wpak22.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/04/22/ixworld.html. No Longer Available
- Ali Saleem interviewed by Sohema Rehan “I get to have the best of both worlds”. Newsline. January 2006. www.newsline.com.pk/NewsJan2006/startrekjan.htm.
- “Begum Nawazish Ali”. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Begum_Nawazish_Ali.