By Maliha Rehman
The 20th Lux Style Awards (LSA’s) rolled out a Covid-compliant red carpet this past weekend and brought out a slew of stars and glamour. It was an awards ceremony that was markedly different from the LSA’s of yore. Nominees from different categories were sequestered into their respective segments: Music, Fashion and Entertainment in order to ensure that the audience hall remained relatively less crowded. Some of the performances were recorded beforehand. Others were recorded in front of the audience but since the show was going to be televised, the dance sequences would sometimes be shot twice.
It was an insider’s look at an ‘LSA show’ – the banter that goes on when the camera isn’t rolling, the blunders, the celebrity camaraderie, the effort put into performances and of course, the exhaustion.
Keeping me – and many, many others – hooked till the very end were of course, the awards. The results were sometimes predictable but sometimes, surprises were in store. For instance, male model Sachal Afzal, who won Best Emerging Talent last year, went on to win Best Male Model this time, beating some very experienced contenders. Yumna Zaidi – undoubtedly one of Pakistan’s finest actresses – won Best Actress in both the Critics and Viewers’ Choice categories for her drama ‘Pyar ke Sadqay’.
Here’s the complete rundown:
Best Singer (Viewers Choice) – Abbas Ali Khan for Mein Yeh Janoun Na
Best Song (Viewers Choice) – Bayaan for Teri Tasveer
Best Emerging Talent (Jury Vote) – Aziz Khan
Best Video Director (Jury Vote) – Hamza Bin Tahir for Teri Tasveer
Best TV Play (Viewers Choice) – Momina Duraid and ISPR for Ehd-e-Wafa
Best TV Actor (Viewers Choice) – Danish Taimoor for Deewangi
Best TV Actress (Viewers Choice) – Yumna Zaidi for Pyaar Ke Sadqay
Best Original Soundtrack (Viewers Choice) – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for singing and composing Ehd-e-Wafa Ke Naam
Best Male Actor (Critics) – Bilal Abbas for Pyaar Ke Sadqay
Best Female Actor (Critics) – Yumna Zaidi for Pyaar Ke Sadqay
Best Play Writer (Critics) – Umera Ahmed for Alif
Best Play Director (Critics) – Farooq Rind for Pyaar Ke Sadqay
Best Emerging Talent – Adnan Samad Khan for Ehd-e-Wafa
Fashion Category (Critics Vote)
Model of the Year (Female) – Mushk Kaleem
Model of the Year (Male) – Sachal Afzal
Achievement in Fashion Design – Generation for Pret
Achievement in Fashion Design – Husain Rehar for Luxury Pret
Achievement in Fashion Design – Shehla Chatoor for Bridal Couture
Best Menswear Designer – Ismail Farid
Best Fashion Photographer – Najam Mehmood
Best Hair & Make Up Artist – Sunil Nawab
Best Emerging Talent – Sarah Zufiqar
LUX Changemakers Award – Haseena Moin
Lifetime Achievement in Fashion – Bunto Kazmi
Unilever Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award – Farida Khanum
And that’s a wrap! 20 years running and the nominations and winners still have you guessing. That’s the LSA spirit!