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.
“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.