KARACHI: Lights…camera…shine! Its that time of the year again when Pakistan holds its most celebrated awards ceremony, The Lux Style Awards (LSAs) 2012.
The awards are being held in Karachi at the Expo center tonight.
The LSAs 2012 wrapped up late Tuesday night, with some of the highlights of the show being superstar Ali Zafar’s soulful tribute to the late King of Ghazal Mehdi Hassan, Shoaib Mansoor’s second directorial venture Bol taking home three awards. This year also saw models Abbas Jafri and Cybil Chaudhry taking home top honours in their respective categories.
Oscar winning documentary maker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy was acknowledged with a Lux Style Achievement award.
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Sarmad Khoosat, son of veteran actor Irfan Khoosat, wins Best Director (All Channels) for his directorial venture for Hum TV ‘Paani Jaisa Pyar’.
ARY’s Mera Saeein wins top honours in Best TV Serial (Satellite) category.
Veteran television actor, Faisal Qureshi wins Best Actor (Satellite) second time in a row for his role in ARY’s Roag, while Best Actress (Satellite) goes to Savera Nadeem for her performance in Hum TV’s Qaid-e-Tanhai.
The award for Best TV Writer (All Channels) goes to Sameera Fazal for Hum TV’s ‘Mera Naseeb‘.
One of the much awaited highlights of the evening, Ali Zafar is paying a soulful tribute to the late King of Ghazal Mehdi Hassan, who passed away this year on June 13.
He sang ‘Mujhe tum nazr se girah tou rahay ho..‘.
Model of the Year (Female) award goes to the gorgeous Cybil Chaudhry.
The award for Best Menswear Designer goes to Republic by Omar Farooq.
Model of the Year (Male) is awarded to the handsome and bearded Abbas Jafri.
Designer label Khaadi wins top honours in the category of Best High Street Brand.
Sania Maskatiya wins Achievement in Fashion Design (Luxury Pret) award.
Achievement in Fashion Design (Lawn) awarded to designer duo Sana Safinaz. A consecutive win for the designers, whose lawn collection was one of the most sought after in the past year.
Kamiar Rokni wins award for Achievement in Fashion Design (Pret).
One of the most prominent salons in the country, Creative Team at Nabila wins Best Hair and Makeup Artist award. They won the award at the LSAs 2011 too.
Photographer Tapu Javeri and designer Deepak Perwani presented the award.
Best Fashion Photographer award goes to Rizwanul Haq, his second in a row.
Best Dressed (Female) award goes to designer Sanam Chaudhri, while Best Dressed (Male) award goes to Umair Tabani.
Actors Sadia Imam and Faisal Qureshi present award for Best Emerging Talent (Fashion) to Zaheer Abbas.
QB’s ‘Woh Humsafar Tha‘ bags another award, for being Best Song of the Year.
Ali Zafar’s album Jhoom wins Best Album award.
Mera Bichra Yaar awarded Best Music Video of the year, directed by Adnan Malik, ace director Saquib Malik’s younger brother.
The winning director thanks the band Strings, Zoe Viccaji and Lux.
Bumbu Sauce wins in the Best Emerging Talent (Music) category.
The award for Best Original Soundtrack goes to ‘Woh Humsafar Tha‘, sung by Qurat-ul-Ain Baloch (QB), from Hum TV’s superhit serial ‘Humsafar‘.
PTV’s Tera Pyar Nahi Bhoolay wins Best TV Serial (Terrestrial).
A few celebrities, including Ahmed Butt, Humaima Malik, film star Meera and Ali Zafar indulged in a game of Antakshari in the front row, during the show.
Malik and Meera sang a bollywood classic, ‘Yeh dosti hum nahi choraingay’, while Zafar sang ‘Nahi nahi abhi nahi’.
Sanam Baloch wins Best TV Actress (Terrestrial) for her role in PTV’s Sehra Teri Pyaas.
Actors Savera Nadeem and Ali Safina presented the award.
Best TV Actor (Terrestrial) award goes to Noman Ejaz for his role in PTV’s Aao Kahani Buntay Hain. Humaima Malik and Fahad Mustafa presented the award.
Mathira and former singer of the band ‘Call’, Junaid Khan pay tribute to the late legendary singer Ahmed Rushdi by dancing on one of his songs, sung by Amanat Ali and Ahmed Jahanzeb.
A very graceful performance.
Javed Shiekh and Bindya present Lux Style Achievement award to Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy for her Oscar winning documentary ‘Saving Face’.
“It’s great to be honored in my own country, this award means more to me than the Academy Award because this is Pakistani,” says Chinoy.
Shoaib Mansoor’s ‘Bol’ wins Best Film award. Once again Mahira Khan receives the award on his behalf.
Ali Zafar, looking dapper in a black suit and tie, presented the award.
Best Film Actor award goes to Manzar Sehbhai, for his powerful performance in ‘Bol’. Actress/model Mahira Khan, who also starred in the film, receives the award on his behalf.
Mahira is looking ethereal in a blue Feeha Jamshed dress.
The first award of the event has been given out, Humaima Malik as Best Film Actress for her stellar performance in Shoaib Mansoor’s ‘Bol’.
“Thank you Lux, I feel super!” says Malik.
Women painted as golden statues are swaying on the green carpet.
The event has started with Ahmed Butt, of Entity Paradigm fame, rapping his own urdu version of ‘Smack That’.
The rap goes, “Saari actresses pyaari lag rahi hain, andar se ek doosre se jal rahi hain.”
He leaves the audience in splits as he cracks a joke about those who have not been nominated, asking the audience to observe a moment of silence for them.
Filmstar Sana has arrived wearing a rust color Zaheer Abbas gown. She said she will be paying a tribute to legendary Pakistani singer Ahmed Rushdi, by dancing on his songs.
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy arrived at the event wearing a Sania Maskatiya outfit, accessorising it with jewellery around the neck and earrings from Mandarin.
Veteran actress Bushra Ansari, wearing her own light green and yellow sari, said that regardless of whether she was nominated or not, she attends such award ceremonies.
Supermodel Ayaan Ali is wearing a black and purple Deepak Perwani fishtail gown.
People are complaining about the event being too congested, with very few seats and a lot of people.
Television actor Faisal Qureshi, who has been a regular nominee at the LSAs over the years, is wearing a white Muneeb Nawaz outfit accessorised with shades. Talking about his nomination in the Best TV Actor (Satellite) category and chances of winning this year, he said that he was not sure since it was the viewer’s who decide the winners. He added that he was looking forward to a great show.
Model Konain is wearing a green emerald gown by Zeeshan Bariwala, accessorising it with jewellery from Anum Yazdani.
Actors Aamina Sheikh and her husband Mohib Mirza came together. Sheikh is wearing a Maheen Karim gold outfit accessorised with jewellery from Sherezad Rahimtoola. Mirza is wearing a three piece black suit from Zara.
Designer Kamiar Rokni is looking debonair in a cotton suit from Republic by Omar Farooq along with a beautifully knitted tie. Talking to The Express Tribune, he called the LSAs ‘a decade of glamour and style’ adding that he had been attending the awards for ten years now.
Model/actor Ali Safina came with his industry colleague Hira Tareen. Safina is looking handsome in a three piece Arsalan Yahsir suit and Giorgio Armani shoes, while Hira Tareen looking gorgeous in a Sanam Chaudhry jumpsuit. Her hair and makeup has been done by Natasha salon.
Unilever Brand and External Communications Head Fareshteh Aslam came in a blue Shehla Chatoor outfit. Talking about the show, she said that over the past 11 years, mistakes were made but they do not plan to repeat them and were trying to do their best.
Prominent guests, including actors, models and designers have started pouring in for the show, including actor Irfan Khoosat, model/designer ZQ and designer Kamiar Rokni, amongst a few.
ZQ is dressed in a navy blue eastern Sana Shahnawaz dress, who is also the designer for the model’s lawn brand.
Pakistan television’s controversial girl, Mathira has arrived, looking ‘hot’ in an Ali Xeeshan floral print long dress with butterfly shaped broaches at the top in the front.
According to some reports, she was expected to wear a Prada but since she was one of the presenters at the show, she had to wear a local designer’s dress.
The awards will be a Green Carpet event, going with an environment friendly theme. Moomal Sheikh, actor Javed Sheikh’s daughter will be hosting the Green Carpet.
Moomal is dressed in a beautiful turquoise long dress with white at the top.
One of the first celebrities spotted is film actress of yesteryears, Bindya, draped in a Leena Jamali green and red sari. The actress plans to release her music album this year.
This year too, the LSAs will be vying to replicate the success of the event, held over the past decade in different countries, including Malaysia and United Arab Emirates. Unilever, the show’s organiser, will also be live streaming the show.
Boasting a record 26 categories this year, compared to last year’s 11, the show will celebrate Pakistan’s best in television, fashion, music and film.
Pakistani singer and actor Ali Zafar will be performing at the show, including a tribute to the late Ghazal maestro, Mehdi Hassan.