Shamim Hilali belongs to that generation of PTV artists who have been the pioneers of the performing arts. Her most memorable performances came in the dramas 'Maigh Malhaar', which aired on former channel STN and 'Sophia', which was a very popular drama on PTV.
Being a senior actress, Shamim's performances do not make her seem like an actress but a natural performer. Although all the roles that she has played so far have been supporting roles, she has managed to hold on to her performance even strongly than many of her costars.
Among the recent dramas in which Shamim has acted, the most prominent ones are 'Saiqa' (Hum TV), 'Ishq Gumshuda' (Hum TV), 'Dil Hai Chota Sa' (Geo TV), 'Kuku's Nest' (Geo TV), 'Shehr-e-Dil Ke Darwazey' (ARY Digital), 'Uraan' (Geo TV) and 'Morr Us Gali Ka' (ARY Digital).
She has also appeared in the movie 'Beyond the Last Mountain', the first English language movie of Pakistan which was directed by Javed Jabbar.