LSAs 2012: Winners, fashionistas and a little bit of drama

Published: July 12, 2012

Ayyan Ali Sultry Ayyan Ali wore an unconventional Deepak Perwani gown, replete with heavy sequins embellishments that ended in a ruffled trail

Raana Khan

Stylist Raana Khan looked stunning in this gold Sadaf Malaterre gown with a low neck. She matched the shimmery dress with a tiny silver clutch and matching earrings Frieha Altaf
Amidst all the hard work that goes into putting together an event of this magnitude, Frieha Altaf pulled it off with a gold Maheen Karim gown ruched at the waistline Farhad Humayun 
Musician Farhad Humayun looked suave in an off-white jacket over a crisp white shirt and black pants by Munib Nawaz Amna Ilyas
Model Amna Ilyas wore an off-white Zaheer Abbas dress in chiffon. With pearl drop earrings and a beige clutch, Amna chose a safer look than last year’s bright blue gown Umair Tabbani

Brother of Sania Maskatiya (who won Achievement in Fashion Design Luxury Pret) looked dapper in a suit by Umar Farooq @ Republic
PHOTO: FAISAL FAROOQUI Rabia Butt
Former LSA winner, model Rabia Butt made a statement with her black Fahd Hussayn dress and dark lips. Apart from the gold clutch, her accessories were understated Ayyan Ali

Sultry Ayyan Ali wore an unconventional Deepak Perwani gown, replete with heavy sequins embellishments that ended in a ruffled trail Maha Burney

Maha Burney, who was nominated for Best Emerging Talent in Fashion, looked elegant in a chiffon Maheen Karim dress in beige.  She paired it with a diamante clutch and matching earrings Bushra Ansari
Veteran actor Bushra Ansari looked graceful in an off-white sari with gold edging, which she said was part of her old collections of saris. Maheen Karim

While Sanam Chaudhri took home the LSA trophy for best dressed, our favourite was the ravishing Maheen Karim for her dress that was both sexy and sophisticated. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR / EXPRESS PHOTO:AYESHA MIR / EXPRESS PHOTO:AYESHA MIR / EXPRESS PHOTO:AYESHA MIR / EXPRESS PHOTO: FAISAL FAROOQUI

KARACHI: The results are out! As guests gossiped about nominees that lost out and applauded the winners that took home the award, it was heartening to see the industry’s camaraderie – however superficial and short-lived it may be. Touted as the Oscars of Pakistan, the LSAs remain the only platform that celebrates and encourages talent; with that very feel-good notion, the Lux Style Awards 2012 hosted the glitterati of Pakistan’s entertainment and fashion industry for a night of song and dance. It’s a pity that Bol’s Manzar Sehbai rejected his award — read on to find out exactly why!

Hits and misses

We loved Ahmed Ali Butt’s LSA song! Here are the lyrics: LSA let’s celebrate, LSA just love don’t hate, LSA it’s all okay, LSA everybody

Veena Malik ko koi kapre pehnwa de, Meera ka koi husband dilwa de

Resham ko koi film karwa de, Shaan ko Sahir Lodhi se milwaa de Faisal, Humayun, Aijaz khush nahin hain, Un ki dramon ki rating ghat rahi hai

Commercial bhi ab in kay nahin hai, Jab se Afridi ne acting shoroo ki hai

Sari actresses kitne pyaari lag rahi hain, Under se ek doosre se jal rahi hai

In ko lage yeh award in ka hi hai, In ko maloom nahin ke Bushra yahin hain

Sheroo, Nomi, Nabila, Deepak yahin hain, In ko invitation Frieha ne ne di hai

Aur woh designer jo keh yahan pe nahin hain, Samjho un ke Facebook pe Frieha nahin hai

The biggest shock of the evening was Adnan Malik winning the LSA for Best Music Video for “Mera Bichra Yaar”. How on earth did this cover song’s video manage to beat Aisha Linnea and Shahbaz Shighri’s “Paki Rambo” and above all, Jami’s “Bum Phatta”?

Despite all the ridicule, Meera is a great sport and she showed it at the LSAs by participating in the round of Antakshari initiated by Humaima Malik and Ahmed Ali Butt. The only glitch was that instead of starting with ‘r’, which was the syllable she had to begin with, she burst into a “La la la” and sang “Har Kisi Koh Nahin” with a big smile on her face.

Their fashionable best

Taking cue from the environment-friendly gesture of the IIFA award ceremony’s green carpet, after last year’s blue, the LSAs 2012 had a green carpet entrance at the Expo Center Tuesday evening. Celebrities posed for pictures, dressed mostly in formal dresses with gold, black and white as the dominant theme.

List of winners

Best Film: Bol by Shoaib Mansoor

Best Film Actor:  Manzar Sehbai for Bol

Best Film Actress: Humaima Malik for Bol

Best TV Actor (Terrestrial): Noman Ejaz for ”Aao Kahani Buntay Hain” (PTV)

Best TV Actress  (Terrestrial): Sanam Baloch for “Sehra Teri Pyaas” (PTV)

Best TV Serial (Terrestrial): “Tera Pyar Nahi Bhoolay” (PTV)

Best TV Actor (Satellite): Faisal Qureshi for “Rog” (ARY)

Best TV Actress (Satellite): Savera Nadeem for “Qaid-e-Tanhai” (Hum TV)

Best TV Serial (Satellite): “Mera Saeen” (ARY)

Best TV Writer (All Channels): Sameera Fazal for “Mera Naseeb” (Hum TV)

Best TV Director (All Channels): Sarmad Khoosat for “Paani Jaisa Pyar” (Hum TV)

Best Music Album: “Jhoom” by Ali Zafar

Best Song of the Year: “Woh Humsafar Tha” by Quratul Ain Baloch

Best Original Soundtrack: “Woh Humsafar Tha”

Best Music Video Director: Adnan Malik for “Mera Bichra Yaar” (Zoe Viccaji & Strings)

Best Emerging Talent: Bambu Sauce

Model of the Year (Female): Cybil Chowdhry

Model of the Year (Male): Abbas Jafri

Best Emerging Talent in Fashion: Zaheer Abbas (designer)

Best Fashion Photographer: Rizwanul Haq

Best Hair and Make-up Artist: Nabila at N-Pro

Achievement in Fashion Design-Pret: Kamiar Rokni

Achievement in Fashion Design-Luxury Pret: Sania Maskatiya

Achievement in Fashion Design-Lawn: Sana Safinaz

Best High Street Brand: Khaadi

Best Menswear Designer: Omar Farooq @ Republic

Best Dressed Red Carpet Female: Sanam Chaudhry

Best Dressed Red Carpet Male: Umair Tabani

Special Appreciation Award: Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

Lifetime Achievement Award: Ahmed Rushdie

Lifetime Achievement Award: Faiza Samee

Song and dance

The performances were by far the most entertaining segment. A medley performed by a group of celebrities – including Ahmed Jahanzeb, Ahsan Khan, Mathira, Meera, Faisal Qureshi and Sana – paid tribute to Ahmed Rushdie classics like “Yeh Aada, Yeh Naz, Yeh Andaz Aap Ka”, “Socha Tha Pyar Na Kerain Gaay” to “Ko Ko Korina”. While all the stars danced with great enthusiasm, Mathira’s duck-pout and swiveling hips were something to remember.

The most electrifying performance was the tribute paid to the late Mehdi Hassan by Ali Zafar, for which he sang “Mujhay Tum Nazr Say Girah Tou Rahay Ho” – nothing could have been more soulful. Zafar later put on his dancing shoes with Humaima Malik and gave us an energetic performance to “Jhoom” and “Madhubala”.

Designers Ali Xeeshan, Akif Mehmood and Fahad Hussayn showed their collections on the ramp, but sadly failed to garner any appreciation. An awards ceremony is no place for a fashion show. And as far as the clothes are concerned, the less that we recall, the better.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

“I feel that the LSA is as special to me as the Academy Award,” said Obaid-Chinoy during her acceptance speech. Looking fresh in a Saniya Maskatiya outfit, she was grateful that her work “was recognised  for the first time by a Pakistani forum”.

“In our society, we seldom celebrate peoples’ achievements,” Obaid-Chinoy told The Express Tribune. “We need to have a culture that supports such work,” she said.

MIA Manzar says no to LSA

Manzar Sehbai, winner of the LSA for Best Actor for Bol, was MIA on Tuesday evening. In his absence, cast member actor Mahira Khan received the award on his behalf.

When Twitter was abuzz the next day with news that Sehbai had rejected his LSA, we called him in Germany to find out what was really going on. Amidst expletives, the infuriated actor explained that he had not been invited by the organisers.

He explained that an official from the organisation’s travel management team had approached him for his e-mail address, but he did not receive an invitation. “No one contacted me,” he added angrily, explaining that after a few days, he informed the management that the invitation should be extended to his brother Sarmad Sehbai, since he could not make it on short notice. After this was communicated, Sehbai said he and his brother did not receive any call from the organisers.

“The award has absolutely nothing to do with Mahira Khan. I wanted my brother to receive it. It’s my award, they can’t just let anybody receive for me,” Sehbai said, clearly offended.

“If they (LSA) are giving an award to someone, the least they can do is invite them in a proper way,” he said. “What kind of unprofessional behaviour is this? I will take up this bloody issue with them. To hell with this award. I reject it!” he said, adding that this behaviour towards artists is “obnoxious and ridiculous”.

Fareshteh Aslam, the Brands and External Communications Manager at Unilever Pakistan was appalled at his statement. “This is news to me. It is a globally accepted norm that all nominees are invited,” she said, adding that she was not aware of his request to invite his brother. “We flew in 100 people from Lahore to attend this. It would have been a pleasure for us to invite Sarmad Sehbai to accept it,” she said, adding that Mahira Khan only accepted the award on his behalf because the presenters insisted that someone from the Bol team come to the podium.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2012. 

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Khalid
    Jul 12, 2012 - 1:41AM

    Lol @ “amidst expletives”, the infuriated actor explained…

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  • Ayyan Ali's Fan
    Jul 12, 2012 - 2:24AM

    Ayyan Ali FTW!! ;)

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  • PTI till death
    Jul 12, 2012 - 7:38AM

    And we call our ourselves “Muslims”. And dont give me any advice please.

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  • Jul 12, 2012 - 12:27PM

    Who are these people, and what culture they are representing…..this is NOT our culture, we Pakistanis strongly believe in our own culture and moral values.

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  • Rasikh
    Jul 12, 2012 - 1:21PM

    I just wish our elite thought that our dress shalwar kameez is as beautiful as any.. I do not mean to undermine anyone’s choice to whatever he/she wants to wear but whats wrong with shalwar kameez and whats so great about gown that every lady went for it.. Shalwar kameez can be as fashionable as any other garment.. They are just disconnected with the rest of the society..

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  • Jul 12, 2012 - 1:52PM

    @Rasikh: I fully endorse you view point…”They are just disconnected with the rest of the society”. The fashion shows can be conducted, keeping our own norms and values in mind.

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  • T
    Jul 12, 2012 - 2:57PM

    Meat shop awards!

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  • Belal
    Jul 12, 2012 - 4:31PM

    @ PTI tilll death dude, what’s non-muslim in having fun?

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  • Schazad
    Jul 12, 2012 - 5:11PM

    Stupid statements like “Who are these people, what culture are they representing, Talibaan are not muslims, these people are not pakistanis, this is indian/western culture, they are corrupting our kids”. Shut up and get a life now. I am getting really sick of this non sense now.

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  • Faisal
    Jul 12, 2012 - 5:26PM

    @ PTI How can you say that all of them appearing on the screen are Muslims they might be belonging to some other religion as there are minorities as well living in Pakistan and you can not force them to wear the dresses like muslims do

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  • Whats_wrong
    Jul 12, 2012 - 5:57PM

    Definitely only platform to promote vulgarity & nudity. 10 years ago LSA was much more modest.

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  • LOL
    Jul 13, 2012 - 1:08AM

    Massive LOL at the picture description of frieha altaf being able to pull that shockingly hideous dress ala bin-bag off….and LOL WHAT waist?! She hasn’t got one! Spare us the horrors altaf!….Bushra Ansari on the other hand, looks amazing! altaf needs to take a leaf or two from her stylists book.

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