GLOSS Volume 1, Issue 6 - 2018 - Page 7

P R O F I L E After an emotional speech by Freiha, Sahir Ali Bagga and Ali Azmat took the stage and got the audience dancing with their energetic performance using traditional instruments such as the duff, Dudak and baglama. Following the performance, Ahmed and Vasay came back with yet another humorous ac t where they summoned stars to the ‘confession box’ and questioned them about their latest doings. After this, the television category was up next. This was hosted by Mahira Khan and Ahsan Khan and they added some much-needed energy to the night dancing to Mahira’s Zaalima and Ahsan’s Sadqa. As expected Baaghi bagged most awards. Saba Qamar and Ahad Raza Mir won best actor and actress for their shows Baaghi and Yakeen ka Safar, respectively. The women empowerment and #MeinBhi movement were highlighted yet again when Sarmad Khoosat came to stage to pay a tribute to the late human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir, who was given an award, which was received by her daughter Muneeze Jahangir. However, there was no mention of the late veteran actor Qazi Wajid during the night. Qazi Wajid played an important role in the entertainment industry until the end, yet received no mention or a tribute. The last award category was the film awards, hosted by Vasay Chaudry and Cake star Sanam Saeed. The event concluded with a grand performance as the stage turned into an orchestra where stars came together to perform the anthem for the ‘Mein Bhi’ movement, Shehzad Roy’s ‘Kya Darta Hai’. The anthem was performed by 36 music artists, which included young and old singers, rappers, rock stars and qawwals. The idea was to send a powerful message across with music. Massarrat Misbah with acid burn survivors, Mukhtaran Mai and Ansar Burney were also present on stage during the performance. As the show ended we couldn’t help but question the presence of celebrities at the event. Since the idea of the awards night was to bring together the entire Pakistani entertainment industry, their diffrences stood out. Not only that, many stars left the venue midway during the event, which reduced the number of people in the hall to less than half. Moreover, it was also noticeable that the number of star celebrities was less as compared to previous years. Notable names like Fawad Khan, Ali Zafar, Saba Qamar, Mehwish Hayat, Maya Ali, Hareem Farooq and Shaan Shahid were nowhere to be seen. Could it possibly mean that the stars themselves are tired of the increasing number of award shows and fashion weeks in the industry or was it personal clashes with the organisers? Looks like no one will know, but we sure hope to see them next time. Nonetheless, the event was all about glitz and glamour and a night to remember for most people who took time out to attend it.