At its 18th show, held on the evening of July 7th at the Karachi Expo, the Lux Style Awards (LSA) 2019, truly came of age.
Pakistan’s annual fashion and performing arts event that was instituted in 2002, has over the years, showcased new talent, honored the best in the business, and feted the living legends in its own special ways, besides getting a large starry turnout every year.
It is also credited for making more than just a few dozen red-carpet statements. Quite like the Oscars, albeit in a much humbler manner, the LSA is never oblivious to any social or political movements impacting the people. If the 2018’s event was designed in the backdrop of the #MeToo campaign, localized by the show’s director Frieha Altaf (of Catwalk) as #MainBhee, and the harrowing incident of rape and murder of a minor girl in the city of Kasur, this year’s theme was women empowerment.
Be it Mehwish Hayat, in a fiery Fahad-Hussayn ensemble, storming the stage with the confidence of a trailblazer and daring her detractors to be more accepting of her achievements, or the new Lux girl Saba Qamar, who changed into four designer outfits during the course of the night, each projecting a strong side of her personality — from the simple and elegant, off-white gown by Zaheer Abbas, to the bold, heavily-sequined, tea-pink suit with cape by Hussain Rehar.
Both Hayat and Qamar paid glowing tributes to yesteryear’s Lollywood actress Shabnam, who had flown in especially from Dhaka, Bangladesh, along with son Ronny Ghosh, to receive her Lifetime Achievement award. This was decidedly the best part of the show and also saw Maya Ali, Meera, and Asad Siddiqi perform on remixed versions of the songs originally filmed on Shabnam and her costar of most films, Nadeem Baig.
Atif Aslam’s soulful rendition of ‘Mujhe Dil Se Na Bhulana,’ a memorable track from the legendary screen couple’s longest-running film, “Aina” (1977), capped the segment.
But the Lux Style Awards also had its share of criticism for the show’s stance on sexual harassment.
When the LSA’s nominations were announced, many stars dropped out of the running, saying they did not want to share a platform with an industry figure accused of sexual harassment. Ali Zafar, who was accused of harassment last year by Meesha Shafi, was nominated for ‘Best Actor’ for his role in “Teefa in Trouble.”
Nevertheless, no changes were made to the awards lineup, and in a statement signed ‘The Film Jury, Lux Style Awards 2019‘, the LSA’s film jury stated that the jury decision was entirely independent of both the LSA management and Unilever Pakistan, which sponsors the event.
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This just in! More power to the on screen couple that have gone official with an engagement proposal by Yasir Hussain for Iqra Aziz. This is the biggest surprise moment of LSA 2019 and we are all thrilled 💕📷♥️💫🔥 #LSA2019 #HappeningNow #LSAAwardNight2019 #LuxStyleAwards2019 #AwardNight #glamcam @yasir.hussain131 @iiqraaziz #YasirHussain #IqraAziz
The event was however stolen away when Yasir Hussain surprised everyone when he publicly expressed his feelings for his lady love, Iqra Aziz, who was seated away in the audience. Hussain went down on his knees to propose to her, a ring in hand. An overwhelmed Aziz nervously accepted the ring.
It sure was an eventful evening. Check out the complete list of winners of the Lux Style Awards 2019 right here:
Best Film Actor (Viewer’s Choice): Ali Zafar for ‘Teefa in Trouble’
Best Film Actor (Critics Choice): Fahad Mustafa for ‘Load Wedding’
Best Film Actress (Viewer’s Choice): Mehwish Hayat for ‘Load Wedding’
Best Film Actress (Critics Choice): Sohai Ali Abro for ‘Motorcycle Girl’
Best Film: ‘Cake’
Best Film Director: Ahsan Rahim for ‘Teefa in Trouble’
Best Original Soundtrack (Viewer’s Choice): Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for ‘Khaani’
Best Playback Singer Film (Viewer’s Choice): Atif Aslam for ‘Tham Lo’
Singer of the Year: Mohsin Abbas and Sohail Haider ‘Na Jaa’
Viewer’s Choice Song of the Year: Khumariyaan for ‘Ya Qurban’
Viewer’s Choice Best Emerging Talent (Music): Saakin for ‘Saqi e Bewafa’
Best TV Actor (Viewer’s Choice): Feroze Khan for ‘Khaani’
Best TV Actor (Critics Choice): Nouman Ejaz for ‘Dar Si Jati Hai Sila’
Best TV Actress (Viewer’s Choice): Iqra Aziz for ‘Suno Chanda’
Best TV Actress (Critics Choice): Iqra Aziz for ‘Suno Chanda’
Best TV Play (Viewer’s Choice): ‘Suno Chanda’ on Hum TV Network
Best TV Play for Writer: Beegul for ‘Dar Si Jati Hai Sila’
Best TV Play Director: Kashif Nisar for ‘Dar si Jati Hai Sila’
Best Emerging Talent TV: Rida Bilal
Model of the Year (Female): Sadaf Kanwal
Model of the Year (Male): Shahzad Noor
Achievement in Fashion Design-Pret: Chapter 2
Achievement in Fashion Design – Luxury Pret: Sana Safinaz
Achievement in Fashion Design-Menswear: Republic by Omer Farooq
Best Emerging Talent in Fashion: Mushk Kaleem
Achievement in Fashion Design- Bridal Couture: Kamiar Rokni
Best Fashion Photographer: Rizwan ul Haq
Best Hair & Make-up Artist: Qasim Liaqat