The annual awards that honour excellence across the realms of Fashion, Film, Music and Television have announced the nominees for the year 2016 and it’s a decent mix of young, old, commercially popular and critically acclaimed.
With a total of 10 categories, fashion is the heaviest segment at the Lux Style Awards and is always a reason of excitement, disgruntlement, controversy and scandal in the industry. This year, one can sense a definite drift towards recognizing younger talent, whether it’s in the pool of models or fashion photographers. Rabia Butt is the only name from the old guard who has made it to top model (Female) whereas Model of the Year (Male) is an impressive selection of ‘men of the moment’. Ali Hasan and Shahbaz Shazi are two relatively new names in the photographer’s pit and while Guddu Shani and Nadir Feroz Khan have oodles of work to their credit, Abdullah Harris’ signature vision cannot go unrecognized. Missing in action here is ace photographer Rizwan ul Haq. The Hair & Makeup category has really opened up since Nabila surrendered her winning slot to allow others a chance and it now features four distinct names as well as one Shazia Rashid, who is relatively unknown but has an impressive body of work for 2016. One is surprised, though, that the Depilex team did not make the cut.
Fashion Design nominations are always a source of scandal and this year’s list will undoubtedly be no different. Pret has been completely overtaken by five extremely strong and commercially viable high street brands. While critical excellence looks towards names like Body Focus Museum, Sonya Battla, Sania Maskatiya and Misha Lakhani for example, it can be assumed that their accessibility and mass popularity does not match the high street brands. The highly competitive Luxury Pret category, swept by Karachi, is also missing names like Maheen Karim, Misha Lakhani and Nomi Ansari. When it comes to Fashion Design – Bridal, these five names did achieve excellence (it’ll be hard to chose a winner) whereas Fashion Design – Lawn unsurprisingly features these five designers and no textile giant. While Amir Adnan, Hassan Sheheryar Yasin and Nauman Afreen showed prolifically in 2016, one is surprised at the silent nod given to low profile albeit brilliant Ismail Farid and Ahmed Bham.
Missing here are Deepak Perwani and Republic. Emerging Talent is always the most challenging category as it recognizes debutantes from a cross-section of the fashion industry; historically this award always ends up with the most visible faces: the models.
Model of the Year (Female)
Model of the Year (Male)
Best Fashion Photographer
Nadir Feroz Khan & Maha Burney at NFK Photography
Best Hair and Make-up Artist
Saima Rashid Bargfred
Achievement in Fashion Design - Pret
Coco by Zara Shahjahan
Achievement in Fashion Design - Luxury Pret
Achievement in Fashion Design - Bridal
The House of Kamiar Rokni
Achievement in Fashion Design - Lawn
Best Menswear Designer
Hassan Sheheryar Yasin
Best Emerging Talent
Aashna Khan - Photographer
Giti Ara – Model
Hira Shah - Model
Imaan Madani – Model
The Pink Tree Company – Designer
The film nominations for this year’s LSA are a testament to our thriving film industry. One may argue that the films produced last year were not up to the mark, but the fact that there are so many options to choose from points to the fact that we’re headed in the right direction. In 2015, there were only three films nominated in the Best Film category but this year, we have five very worthy films. Actor in Law, Ho Mann Jahaan and Janaan were commercially successful films and while films like Dobara Phir Se and Mah-e-Mir did not do so well at the box office, they were received well by fans and critics alike.
However, the strongest contender in this race has to be Nabeel Qureshi’s Actor in Law, and both leads of the film, Fahad Mustafa and Mehwish Hayat, have given some stiff competition to other actors. Mustafa is competing with Ashir Azeem for Malik, Mohib Mirza for Bachaana, Yasir Hussain for Lahore Se Aagey and himself for Mah-e-Mir. It seems to be an easy win for Mustafa at this point.
On the other hand, Hayat is competing with Mahira Khan for HMJ and Sajal Aly for Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hay. Khan is a darling of the industry and has many fans rooting for her while Aly delivered a memorable performance in her debut role. This award will be a difficult win for any of the three actresses.
The awards for the Best Supporting Actor and Actress have thankfully recognized all the incredible emerging talent we’ve seen on the big screen last year. The late Om Puri has also been nominated for Actor in Law and we were extremely pleased to see Manzar Sehbhai’s nomination for Mah-e-Mir as he was easily the best actor in the film. However, the most popular contender for the award is Sheheryar Munawer for HMJ.
The award for Best Film Director is a toss between Asim Raza for HMJ and Nabeel Qureshi for Actor in Law.
2016 also saw some brilliant soundtracks and musical scores. While Atif Aslam is the strongest name in the Best Singer (Male) category, the Best Singer (Female) also has many strong names, such as Haniya Aslam, Zeb Bangash and Aima Baig.
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 Aly for Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hay
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 Shahzad 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’ (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’ (Janaan)
Zeb Bangash for ‘Dil Pagla’ (Ho Mann Jahaan)
The music section of the Lux Style Awards does not have as many dedicated categories as fashion but the ones that exist represent a snapshot of the industry’s constant evolution. Like the preceding year and the one before that, the artists nominated in the music section represent industry leaders, popular acts as well as indie and alternative superheroes. No longer is this space restricted to pure pop as new artists experimenting with varied styles compete for glory and make their presence felt.
The category of Album of the Year, featuring albums by the likes of Sibti, Uzair Jaswal, The Sketches, Mooroo and Indus Raag 2 (by Shareef Awan) remains competitive. Not only do these albums represent different soundscapes, they also confirm the fact that independent music production in Pakistan is in full swing, with or without the blessing of corporate giants, record labels and other forces.
Song of the Year, a category that is about selecting the year’s most prolific and inventive songs has some pretty exciting names on offer. Chand Tara Orchestra featuring Babar Sheikh, Omran Shafique, Shahryar Raza and Louis John Pinto aka Gumby, make the cut for their ambient genius track, ‘Khak Nasheen’. They are joined by Sibti, who is nominated for his single, ‘Haiyyah’ and Tonight Us and Jimmy Khan who are nominated for their excellent electro version of ‘Baarish’. Umair Jaswal and Ahmed Jahanzeb also star in this Song of the Year line-up for their Coke Studio 9 creation, ‘Khaki Banda’ while Quratulain Baloch’s comeback single, ‘Saaiyan’ is also a strong popular contender.
Best Emerging Talent in Music is all about artists who are coming up in the music scene and have potential. This year’s nominees represent the many different faces of music from this country. Forever South co-founder Bilal Nasir Khan aka Rudoh is nominated for his EP Tales for Scrap while Hamza Akram Qawwal, Natasha Baig, Shehroz Hussain and Basit Ali are the other nominees.
Best Music Video Director is the one category that is not necessary about the music but about the visuals that accompany the music and this year’s list represents some incredible names.
Last year’s nominee Kamal Khan is nominated twice, once for his video of Zoe Viccaji’s gorgeous ‘Ho Jao Azad’ and once for his video of D/A Method’s gritty ‘The Desert Journey’. Aisha Linea Akhtar & Shahbaz Shigri make the list for their arresting video of ‘Le Chaloon’ by Salman Shaukat while Abdullah Harris and Shahab Qamar have also made the shortlist.
Album of the Year
Book of Sibt by Sibti
Indus Raag 2 by Shareef Awan
Na Bhulana by Uzair Jaswal
Pehli by Mooroo
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 Harris 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
The nominations for excellence on television are by far reasonable and justified. Plays that made the cut this time stole the show either because of their unique storylines or their star power. On one end the list includes names like Udaari, Besharam and Mein Sitara that attempted to break away from clichéd plots, aside from featuring great actors, while on the other, we have Mann Mayal and Dillagi that grabbed viewers’ attention mostly because of their favourite actors and popular storylines. We do miss Sarmad Khoosat in the list for Best Director as his work in Mor Mahal was brilliant. Though the play was not a successful venture, the treatment was grand and the direction was commendable.
Coming to dramas that are included in the list, Udaari was one of the most notable drama serials to make way to our television screens last year. It addressed the tough issue of child abuse and linked it to the theme of music to make it easier for viewers to digest.
Besharam, on the other end, revolved around the love story of a politician and a model and how differently their lives operate while Mein Sitara introduced viewers to the real picture behind the glamorous world of the silver screen.
The Best Actor list includes names like Ahsan Khan, Noman Ijaz, Humayun Saeed, Faysal Qureshi and Zahid Ahmed for their remarkable performances in their respective plays. Khan and Ijaz are the two strongest contenders here who delivered beyond expectations. Though the nominations are on point, two names that we miss are Hamza Ali Abbasi (Mann Mayal) and Feroze Khan (Gul e Rana). Considering that the nominations are based on both the jury and voters’ verdict, we’re amazed that these names didn’t make it to the shortlist despite their popularity among masses.
As far as the Best Actress category is concerned, there are four names in the list with Saba Qamar being nominated for two plays, Besharam and Mein Sitara. Others in the list are Mehwish Hayat for Dillagi, Sajal Aly for Gul e Rana and Maya Ali for Mann Mayal. Qamar was remarkable in both of her roles while Hayat proved her mettle and did a great job in the portrayal of a strong woman in Dillagi.
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
Faysal Qureshi for Bheegi Palkein
Humayun Saeed for Dillagi
Noman Ijaz for Dampukht
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 Dampukht
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 Dampukht
Best Original Sound Track
Sun Yara by Damia Farooq (ARY Digital) (Producer: Six Sigma Productions)
Udaari by Hadiqa Kiani (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 Balouch (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)