Drum rolls!* Ladies and gentlemen, the 22nd Lux Style Awards (LSA), which took place on September 6, 2023, in Karachi, were nothing short of magnificent! The who's who of Pakistan's entertainment scene graced the red carpet and the stage at this star-studded celebration, which honored the crème de la crème in film, television, fashion, and music. Saba Qamar and Reema Khan rocked the house for the night with a stunning dance performance that left everyone talking. The outstanding hosting talents of Saba Qamar, Ahmad Ali Butt, Ali Safina, Durefishan Saleem, Saheefa Jabbar, and a youthful, fresh talent lineup that featured Khaqan Shahnawaz, Romaisa Khan, and Saheefa Jabbar complemented the fun and grandeur of the event.
For more than 20 years, the Lux Style Awards have been representing the epitome of style and entertainment; they are referred to as the "Oscars of Pakistan." The LSAs are not only the most significant and most anticipated event in the world of entertainment because they are packed with all the glitz and glamour, but the award itself is also regarded as the most sought since it recognizes the outstanding artistic feats of Pakistan's entertainment industry. The winners, who made their mark through their incredible craft, were therefore the true stars of the evening. Let's take a look at these outstanding victories that showcased the splendor of LSAs.
The Titans Of TV:
Double Victory For Yumna Zaidi: Yumna Zaidi stood out as the undisputed winner of the Critics and Viewers Choice category. Her outstanding performance in "Bakhtawar" on HUM TV won her not one, but two awards for Best Actress. Yumna's versatility as an actress has propelled her to prominence, with blockbuster dramas like "Tere Bin" and "Bakhtawar" resonating with audiences across the country and worldwide. The drama "Bakhtawar, is a story of resilience and determination. The plot centers on Yumna's spell-binding portrayal of Bakhtawar, a young lady attempting to overcome obstacles and build a brighter future while thriving to strive in a male dominated society. It's a story that captured viewers' attention from the start.
The Best Drama’s Creative Force:
In the world of television, Abdullah Seja proved himself as a genius by winning the esteemed award for "Best TV Play" for "Kaisi Teri Khudgarzi." This drama series, produced by iDream Entertainment, not only attracted 1 billion viewers, but it also set a record for being the first drama to accomplish this accomplishment while still in production. This enormous accomplishment was made possible by Abdullah Seja's creative vision.
More victories for the television industry:
Best TV Long Serial: "Betiyaan" Best TV Actor (Male): Arsalan Naseer, "Paristan" Best Original Soundtrack: "Mere Humsafar" Best Emerging Talent (Critics Choice): Dananeer Mobeen, "Sinf-e-Aahan" Best Ensemble Play: "Sinf-e-Aahan" Best TV Director (Critics Choice): Saife Hasan, "Sang-e-Mah" Best TV Play Writer (Critics Choice): Mustafa Afridi, "Sang-e-Mah" Best TV Actor Male (Critics Choice): Bilal Abbas Khan, “Dobara”
Queen Of The Ramp:
Maha Tahirani is the queen of modeling. Maha's runway presence, which earned her the title of "Fashion Model of the Year," is unparalleled. She has become a fashion phenomenon because she has an alluring stride and composure, which has established her spot among Pakistan's top models. She keeps setting trends and inspiring budding models with her unique style and grace.
The Fashion industry celebrated big with these wins:
Emerging Talent of the Year (Critics Choice): Abeer Asad Fashion Model of the Year (Critics Choice): Maha Tahirani Fashion Forward Brand of the Year (Critics Choice): Hussain Rehar Fashion Photographer/Videographer of the Year (Critics Choice): Aleena Naqvi Fashion Hair and Make-up Artist of the Year (Critics Choice): Sunil Nawab Fashion Stylist of the Year (Critics Choice): Tabesh Khoja
The Pasoori phenomenon:
Ali Sethi is undisputedly the king of music. He had the honor of being named "Singer of the Year (Viewers Choice)" at the LSA 2023. His musical masterpiece "Pasoori," which he sang along with Shae Gill, also won the award for "Most Streamed Song of the Year (Viewer’s Choice)." For Pasoori, Abdullah Siddiqui and Xulfi also received the "Best Music Producer of the Year (Critics Choice)" award, celebrating the song's popularity that turned it into a global hit. Other awards for the music industry include: Song of the Year (Viewer’s Choice): "Kahani Suno" by Kaifi Khalil Most Stylish Musician of the Year (Critics Choice): Meesha Shafi
The outstanding actress Saba Qamar won "Best Film Actor of the Year Female (Viewers Choice)" for her performance in "Kamli." The movie was well-received by critics and established another high point in Saba's brilliant career. Sarmad Sultan Khoosat won "Best Film Director of the Year (Critics Choice)" for his work on the spectacular cinematic masterpiece Kamli, which also won the award for "Film of the Year."
Other victories for the movie industry include:
Best Film Actor of the Year (Viewer’s Choice): Feroze Khan, "Tich Button" Best Film Actor of the Year (Female): Saba Qamar, "Kamli" Film Playback Song of the Year: "Peela Rung" from "Parde Mein Rehne Do" Best Film of the Year (Critics Choice): "Quaid-e- Azam Zindabad"
Honoring the Legends of Our Industry:
As the evening progressed, the spotlight centered on seasoned actress Reema Khan, who was presented with the esteemed Youngest Lifetime Achievement Award. Saba Qamar's magnificent performance of a medley of iconic songs which starred Reema Ji, served as a tribute to one of the most celebrated '90s performer. It was a touching homage to an outstanding artist who made an unforgettable impact on Pakistani film.
The Lux Change maker Award was given to Marina Khan, another accomplished veteran in the industry. This award recognized Marina as a real change-maker for her revolutionary contributions to the entertainment industry.
Every year, the victors of Lux Style Awards leave behind a legacy that endures in the archives of Pakistani entertainment history as they depart holding onto their well-deserved trophies. The LSAs not only acknowledges extraordinary talent but also inspires budding artists, paving the way for even greater artistic achievement in the years to come.