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The 18th edition of the country’s leading film, fashion and television awards ceremony was held on Sunday at the Expo Centre.Frieha Altaf did the choreography for the entire event. Acclaimed filmmaker, actor and performing artist Sarmad Khoosat penned the script for the awards ceremony.
The Lux Style Awards 2019 were filled with some pleasant, delightful and thoroughly moving highs along with a few lows that could have easily been avoided. Here’s our roundup of the ceremony.
The ceremony was well attended. A major chunk of the who’s who from the film and TV industry was present. There were a couple of attendees representing fashion, beauty and music as well but mostly nominees. Big names like Shabnam, Nadeem Baig, Bushra Ansari, Mahira Khan, Atif Aslam, Meera, Ali Safina, Maya Ali, Saba Qamar, Ahmed Ali Akbar, Mehwish Hayat, Fahad Mustafa, Mawra Hocane, Ushna Shah, Sangita, Zara Noor Abbas, Asad Siddiqui, Yasir Hussain, Iqra Aziz, Emad Irfani, Momina Mustehsan, Feroze Khan, Sana Javed, Shehryar Munawar, Uzma Khan, Sarwat Gilani, Ali Rehman Khan, Munib Nawaz, Nomi Ansari, Ahmed Ali Butt, Hina Dilpazir, Nida Yasir and Nida Azwer were just some of the attendees not to forget leading lifestyle and entertainment journalists.
The award ceremony subtly touched upon the topic of cyber bullying which was effective and not forcing it down your throat dosage. Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence) recipient Mehwish Hayat got on stage to express the bravery with which not only her but public figures have to face negative criticism, mockery, cyber bullying and hate. She was joined on stage by fellow actress and ‘Chalawa’ co-star Zara Noor Abbas to clarify a misconception among masses how two actresses can never be friends. The two held hands and pleasantly brushed aside this spreading misconception going to the extent of even calling each other “off-screen and on-screen sisters.” Now that was cute!
Speaking of making way for others, comedian and rapper Ahmed Ali Butt was also not the official host this time. He did present a brief skit and an award to the recipient but fresh faces did all the major hosting.
The highlight of the event was when Atif Aslam said to Shabnam that the award ceremony was just for her and to honour her only. The immensely-talented veteran actress was paid a tribute by playing the songs she was picturised on and the current actresses dancing on their remixes. Shabnam was called on stage to rub shoulders with Nadeem Baig, her co-star of yesteryears.
Actor Yasir Hussain proposed to his rumoured girlfriend Iqra Aziz, making their relationship official. He put a ring on her finger as the stunned actress smiled tearfully and the couple indulged in PDA. The crowd went berserk with applause and “awws” all around. We hear the couple had already gotten engaged a while ago, but even if it was an act to rake in ratings, we’d say, job well done. The thing is, we’ve been copying and emulating so much of Bollywood awards content in the past, maybe this act would give their award functions something to learn from. I’m guessing Ranbir Kapoor popping the question to Alia Bhatt during an award ceremony next.
We loved how four prominent filmmakers including Sangeeta, Saqib Malik, Asim Raza and Sarmad Khoosat got on stage together, each mentioning one favourite Pakistani director of theirs and announcing their upcoming films. We don’t think we’ve ever seen that happening on national television. For all those saying, Pakistani film industry is dead and gone, need to rethink.
Watching Meera shake a leg with all the energy she had was beautiful. The current lot needs to learn a thing or two from Meera who is older but carries the energy of a diva. It truly was a night honouring true legends. Meera’s big smile was enough to tell us how happy she is with her recent hit and now the LSAs being her celebratory premise.
Best Actor Viewer’s Choice — Ali Zafar for ‘Teefa in Trouble’
Best Actor Critics Choice — Fahad Mustafa for ‘Load Wedding’
Best Actress Viewer’s Choice — Mehwish Hayat for ‘Load Wedding’
Best Actress — Sohai Ali Abro for ‘Motorcycle Girl’
Best Film — ‘Cake’
Best Director — Ahsan Rahim for ‘Teefa in Trouble’
Best Original Sound Track — Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for ‘Khaani’
Best Playback Singer — Atif Aslam for “Tham Lo”
Singer of the Year — Mohsin Abbas and Sohail Haider for “Na Jaa”
Song of the Year — Khumariyaan for “Ya Qurban”
Best Emerging Talent — Saakin for “Saqi-e-Bewafa”
Best Actor Viewer’s Choice — Feroze Khan for ‘Khaani’
Best Actor Critics Choice — Nouman Ejaz for ‘Dar Si Jati Hai Sila’
Best Actress Viewer’s Choice — Iqra Aziz for ‘Suno Chanda’
Best Actress Critics Choice — Iqra Aziz for ‘Suno Chanda’
Best Play Viewer’s Choice — ‘Suno Chanda’
Best Play Writer — Beegul for ‘Dar Si Jati Hai Sila’
Best Play Director — Kashif Nisar for ‘Dar Si Jati Hai Sila’
Best Emerging Talent — Rida Bilal
Model of the Year (Female) — Sadaf Kanwal
Model of the Year (Male) — Shahzad Noor
Achievement in Fashion Design — Prêt — Chapter 2
Achievement in Fashion Design — Luxury Prêt — Sana Safinaz
Achievement in Fashion Design — Menswear — Republic by Omer Farooq
Achievement in Fashion Design — Bridal Couture — Kamiar Rokni
Best Fashion Photographer — Rizwanul Haq
Best Hair & Make-up Artist — Qasim Liaqat
Best Emerging Talent — Mushk Kalim
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