The Lux Style Awards 2018 Nominations Are Out And Honestly, WTF

By Iman Zia | 14 Jan, 2018

The Lux Style Awards announced their 2018 nominations across Pakistani entertainment. The annual event is a high profile, star-studded event, what with mogul brand ‘Lux’ behind the ceremony. The creme de la creme of the Pakistani industry attend as awards for film and television are given out. It’s considered a very credible, and prestigious event – and while we agree with most of the nominees, there are a few blaring hiccups that must be addressed. (I’m honestly really, really upset).

 

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Let’s dive into the television category first with Best Television Play

‘Alif Allah Aur Insaan’

Muqabil’

‘O Rungreza’

‘Sammi’

‘Sang-e-mar Mar’

While all dramas are spectacular (minusĀ ‘Alif Allah Aur Insaan’Ā which fell flat in story after the first few episodes), where on earth isĀ ‘Yakeen Ka Safar’Ā which was a tremendous bundle of social issues entwined into an incredibly accurate portrayal of characters with a messy past. Along with this snub, ifĀ ‘Alif Allah Aur Insaan’Ā has been nominated, then surely dramas likeĀ ‘Baaghi’Ā and the long-runningĀ ‘Mohabbat Tumse Nafrat Hai’Ā should suffice? Also, despite being relatively new,Ā ‘Shayad’Ā deserves to be considered because honestly, in terms of substance and unique plot, it’s one of the very few contemporary dramas worth watching.

 

Best Television Actor

Adnan Siddiqui forĀ ‘Sammi’

Ahad Raza Mir forĀ ‘Yakeen Ka Safar’

Imran Abbas forĀ ‘Khuda Aur Mohabbat 2’

Mohin Abbas forĀ ‘Muqabil’

Noman Ijaz forĀ ‘Pinjari’

Alright, this is now absolutely ridiculous. First of all, where on earth is Imran Ashraf for his Oscar-worthy performance as Shammo inĀ ‘Alif Allah Aur Insaan?’Ā Or how about Ali Kazmi forĀ ‘Baaghi?’Ā And what about BILAL ABBAS KHAN FORĀ ‘O Rungreza’Ā WHO IS ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL? And Paras Masroor forĀ ‘Sang-e-mar-Mar?’Ā Even Sami Khan forĀ ‘Rasm-e-Duniya’Ā among others. Really really disappointing tbh. Even Zahid Ahmed for ‘Daldal’Ā was forgotten. (Uzair Jaswal too deserves a mention forĀ “Shayyad’).Ā 

 

Best Television Actress

(Another series of snubs, prepare yourself)

Bushra Ansari forĀ ‘Seeta Bagri’

Kubra Khan forĀ ‘Muqabil’

Saba Qamar forĀ ‘Baaghi’

Sajal Aly forĀ ‘Yakeen Ka Safar’

Sajal Aly forĀ ‘O Rungreza’

Alright, let’s begin with Yumna Zaidi’s snub for bothĀ ‘Yeh Raha Dil’Ā andĀ ‘Dar Si Jaati Hai Sila.’Ā Moving on to Mawra Hocane forĀ ‘Sammi,Ā Irsa Ghazal for ‘O Rungreza,’Ā Sana Nawaz for ‘Alif Allah Aur Insaan,’Ā  Samina Peerzada forĀ ‘Rasm-e-Duniya,’Ā Armeena Khan for ‘Daldal,’Ā Ayeza Khan forĀ ‘Mohabbat Tumse Nafrat Hai’ andĀ  Suhaee Abro forĀ ‘Yakeen Ka Safar.’Ā Oh, and the most shocking snub of all?Ā SANIA SAEED FOR ‘SANG-E-MAR MAR.’Ā 

 

Best Television Writer

Mustafa Afridi forĀ ‘Sang-e-mar Mar’

Noor ul Huda Shah forĀ ‘Sammi’

Qaisara Hayat forĀ ‘Alif Allah Aur Insaan’

Saji Gul forĀ ‘O Rungreza’

Zafar Mairaj forĀ ‘Muqabil’Ā 

Kashif Nisar forĀ ‘Dar Si Jaati Hai Sila,’Ā Shazia Khan forĀ ‘Baaghi’Ā andĀ Farhat Ishtiaq forĀ ‘Yakeen Ka Safar’Ā was among many writers conveniently left out. Well done LSA, well done.

 

Best Original Soundtrack (OST)

Adnan Dhool and Sana Zulfiqar forĀ ‘Bay Khudi’

Ali Azmat forĀ ‘Rasm-e-Duniya’

Jimmy Khan forĀ ‘Tumharey Hain’

Nabeel Shaukat forĀ ‘Woh Ek Pal’

Richi Robinson forĀ ‘Shayad’

 

This is an insult to be very, very frank. ‘O Rungreza,’Ā Yakeen Ka Safar,’Ā andĀ ‘Alif Allah Aur Insaan’s’Ā brilliant soundtracks have been left in disarray. This category feels very ‘last minute.’

 

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Now onto the film category (prepare for a good ol’ laugh)

Best Film

Balu Mahi’ ‘

Chupan Chupai’

‘Na Maloom Afraad 2’

‘Punjab Nahi Jaungi’

‘Verna’

 

Well, it’s very clear the board really had no clue which film to include, seeing as very few came out and most all were critically panned (‘Verna’Ā especially).

 

Best Actor

Ahsan Khan forĀ ‘Chupan Chupai’

Fahad Mustafa forĀ ‘Na Maloom Afraad 2’

Humayun Saeed forĀ ‘Punjab Nahi Jaungi’

Mohsin Abbas Haider forĀ ‘Na Maloom Afraad 2’

Osman Khalid Butt forĀ ‘Balu Mahi’

 

Alright even thoughĀ ‘Arth 2’Ā was an absolute disaster, Shaan deserves a mention as does Gohar Rasheed forĀ ‘Rangreza.’

 

Best Actress

Ainy Jaffri forĀ ‘Balu Mahi’

Mahira Khan for ‘Verna’

Mehwish Hayat forĀ ‘Punjab Nahi Jaungi’

Uzma Hasan forĀ ‘Arth 2’

Neelam Muneer forĀ ‘Chupan Chupai’

 

Well, the women were much stronger contenders than their male counterparts, however, Urwa deserves a mention forĀ ‘Rangreza.’

 

See the rest of the nominations here.

 

It’s a shame; with such impeccable talent and Oscar-worthy acting in both film and television (leaning more heavily on the latter), for an Award body that propels itself incredibly high with a ‘reputable’ backing, it’s sad and demoralizing to just rummage together a bunch of nominations without really thinking them through.

 

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What are your thoughts on the nominations?

 

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