16th Lux Style Awards: Nominations and predictions

Can you guess who they might be?

Our Correspondent March 15, 2017

KARACHI: The nominations for this year’s Lux Style Awards (LSA) have finally been announced -and include some top brass talent from across Pakistan, ranging across film, television, music and fashion.

Similar to last year, we have some of the most entertaining films in Pakistani cinema leading the way, including Nabeel Qureshi’s Actor in Law, Azfar Jafri’s Janaan, and Mehreen Jabbar’s Dobara Phir Se. Last year, we saw Jami Mahmood’s Moor make an upset and win both the Best Director and Best Film categories. And while the favourite this year is definitely Actor In Law, we might see Janaan or Mah-e-Mir take the cake.

In the acting categories, Mahira Khan is always a favourite so it won’t be surprising if she wins the Best Actress for Ho Mann Jahaan. But while it may be quite predictable to see that, it’s perhaps time to let other talents, such as Saba Qamar or Sanam Saeed, come forward. Only time will tell.

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Also, it’s time we admit Fahad Mustafa is our new top actor. Establishing himself at the top of the industry in no time, Fahad is certainly a favorite this year. Then, he is also nominated for Mah-e-Mir so it would be a huge surprise not to see him bag the award.

Last year also saw some quality music being featured in films. While Atif Aslam is obviously the favourite to win for Dil Dancer, we feel the track wasn’t the best showcase for the Aadat singer. Maybe this time around, Asrar (for Funkaran in Actor In Law) or Rajab Ali (for Yeh Dhuan in Mah-e-Mir) may come out victorious.

In the Best Female Singer category, with names like Aima Baig and Hania Aslam making their LSA debuts, we have quite a load of new talent. While it would be great to see Shreya Ghoshal bag the award for Janaan’s title track, which was one of the best songs of the year, it doesn’t seem possible, considering the political tensions between India and Pakistan. So, consider Zeb Bangash winning a second LSA or we’ll see a first-time winner, and that’s definitely a positive thing.

When it comes to music albums, we have got Tehzeeb Foundation’s Indus Raag 2, Book of Sibt by Sibti, You by The Sketches, and Uzair Jaswal and Mooro’s debut album Na Bhulana and Peheli, respectively. From little eccentric minimalist combinations to full-on classical, this is a nomination class to remember. It’s also interesting that the nominees are totally different from last year’s Best Album contenders. It certainly shows the diversity of music and the variety of artists in our industry.

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The best song of 2016 was, hands down, Umair Jaswal and Ahmed Jahanzeb’s Khaki Banda from Coke Studio season nine. And if that doesn’t win the award, it will be a travesty. A travesty, we tell you.

With 28 categories announced, the LSAs will be another fun night to remember as it will see who establishes themselves at the top of the mountain.

Here's the full list of nominees: 


  • Model of the Year (Female)

Amna Babar

Anam Malik

Rabia Butt

Sadaf Kanwal

Zara Abid


  • Model of the Year (Male)

Aimal Khan

Hasnain Lehri


Shahzad Noor

Waleed Khalid


  • Best Fashion Photographer

Abdullah Haris

Ali Hasan

Guddu Shani

Nadir Feroz Khan & Maha Burney at NFK Photography

Shahbaz Shazi


  • Best Hair and Make-up Artist

Natasha Khalid

Omayr Waqar

Saima Rashid Bargfred

Shammal Qureshi

Shazia Rashid


  • Achievement in Fashion Design - Pret

Coco by Zara Shahjahan



Sana Safinaz



  •  Achievement in Fashion Design - Luxury Pret


Sana Safinaz

Sania Maskatiya

Shamaeel Ansari

Shehla Chatoor


  • Achievement in Fashion Design - Bridal

Ali Xeeshan


Faraz Manan


The House of Kamiar Rokni


  • Achievement in Fashion Design - Lawn


Faraz Manan

Sana Safinaz

Shehla Chatoor

Zara Shahjahan


  • Best Menswear Designer

Ahmed Bham

Amir Adnan

Hassan Sheheryar Yasin

Ismail Farid

Nauman Arfeen


  • Best Emerging Talent

Aashna Khan - Photographer

Giti Ara – Model

Hira Shah - Model

Imaan Madani – Model

The Pink Tree Company - Designer



  • Best Film

Actor in Law

Dobara Phir Se

Ho Mann Jahaan




  • Best Film Actress

Mahira Khan for Ho Mann Jahaan

Mehwish Hayat for Actor in Law

Sabar Qamar for Lahore Se Aagey

Sajal Ali for Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai

Sanam Saeed for Bachaana


  • Best Film Actor 

Ashar Azeem for Maalik

Fahad Mustafa for Actor in Law

Fahad Mustafa for Mah-e-Mir

Mohib Mirza for Bachaana

Yasir Hussain for Lahore Se Aagey


  • Best Film Director

Anjum Shehzad for Mah-e-Mir

Asim Raza for Ho Mann Jahaan

Azfar Jafri for Janaan

Mehreen Jabbar for Dobara Phir Se

Nabeel Qureshi for Actor in Law

Wajahat Rauf for Lahore Se Aagey


  • Best Supporting Actress

Hania Aamir for Janaan

Saboor Ali for Actor in Law

Sanam Saeed for Dobara Phir Se

Sonya Jehan for Ho Mann Jahaan

Tooba Siddiqui for Dobara Phir Se


  • Best Supporting Actor

Ali Kazmi for Dobara Phir Se

Ali Rehman Khan for Janaan

Manzar Sehbhai for Mah-e-Mir

Om Puri for Actor in Law

Shehryar Munawar for Ho Mann Jahaan


  • Best Singer (Male) - Film

Arman Malik for Janaan Title Track (Janaan)

Asrar for Funkaran (Actor in Law)

Atif Aslam for Dil Dancer (Actor in Law)

Rajab Ali for Yeh Dhuan (Mah-e-Mir)

Shafqat Amanat Ali for Piya Dekhan Ko (Mah-e-Mir)


  • Best Singer (Female) - Film

Aima Baig for Kalabaaz Dil (Lahore se Aagey)

Haniya Aslam for Dobara Phir Se (Dobara Phir Se)

Masooma Anwer for Naina Roye (Maalik)

Shreya Ghoshal for Janaan Title Track (Janaan)

Zeb Bangash for Dil Pagla (Ho Maan Jahaan)



  • Album of the Year

Book of Sibt by Sibti

Indus Raag 2 by Shareef Awan

Na Bhulana by Uzair Jaswal

Peheli by Mooro

You by The Sketches


  • Song of the Year

Baarish by Tonight Us and Jimmy Khan

Haiyyah from The Book of Sibt by Sibti

Khak Nasheen by Chand Tara Orchestra

Khaki Banda by Umair Jaswal and Ahmed Jahanzeb

Saaiyan by Quratulain Baloch


  • Best Music Video Director

Abdullah Haris for Sag-e-Ali by Asrar

Aisha Linea Akhtar & Shahbaz Shigri for Le Chaloon by Salman Shaukat

Kamal Khan for Ho Jao Azad by Zoe Viccaji

Kamal Khan for The Desert Journey by D/A Method

Shahab Qamar for Hero by Naseer & Shahab


  • Best Emerging Talent

Basit Ali for Vocals in Anokha Ladla

Bilal Nasir Khan (Rudoh) for Tales for Scrap

Hamza Akram Qawwal for Khuddi

Natasha Baig for Janaan

Shehroz Hussain for Sitaar in Anokha Ladla



  •  Best TV Play

Besharam on ARY Digital

Dillagi on ARY Digital

Mann Mayal on Hum TV

Mein Sitara on TV One

Udaari on Hum TV


  • Best TV Actor

Ahsan Khan for Udaari

Faisal Qureshi for Bheegi Palkien

Humayun Saeed for Dillagi

Noman Ejaz for Dampukth

Zahid Ahmed for Besharam


  • Best TV Actress

Maya Ali for Mann Mayal

Mehwish Hayat for Dillagi

Saba Qamar for Besharam

Saba Qamar for Mein Sitara

Sajal Ali for Gul-e-Rana


  • Best TV Director

Ehtishaamuddin for Udaari

Farooq Rind for Besharam

Haseeb Hasan for Mann Mayal

Kashif Nisar for Dampukth

Nadeem Baig for Dillagi


  • Best TV Writer

Faiza Iftikhar for Dillagi

Farhat Ishtiaq for Udaari

Sameera Fazal for Mann Mayal

Sarwat Nazeer for Besharam

Zafar Mairai for Dampukth


  • Best Original Sound Track

Sun Yara by Damia Farooq  (ARY Digital) (Producer: Six Sigma Productions)

Udaari by Hadiqa Kiyani  (HUM TV) (Producer: Momina Duraid, Haisaam Hussain and Shahzad Kashmiri)

Hatheli by Nabeel Shaukat (HUM TV) (Producer: Moomal Shunaid, Moomal Entertainment)

Mann Mayal by Quratulain Baloch (HUM TV) (Producer: Momina Duraid, Samina Humayun Saeed, Tariq Shah, Sana Shahnawaz)

Yeh Ishq by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (ARY Digital) (Producer: Big Bang Productions)

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Mannan mirza | 4 years ago | Reply We want to urwa to win
Mannan mirza | 4 years ago | Reply Urwa hocane was only deserving person for best actress! Injustice everytime
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