The Lux Style Awards kicked off last night with an attempt to capture the glitz and glamour the show is known for.
It wasn’t going to be an easy feat, and for good reason. The Lux Style Awards have been hotly criticised this year 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 from both the LSA management and Unilever Pakistan, which sponsors the event.
Many within the industry were not impressed by the LSAs decisions, with veteran designers like Maheen Khan and major industry players like Jami Mahmood expressing their disappointment.
But you know what remained the same, apart from the event starting much later than usual? LSA’s attempts to have an extravaganza full of fun performances, lovely tributes and some surprises. Yeah, we’re talking Yasir Hussain proposing to Iqra Aziz on live television.