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Shock of the year: 11th Lux Style Awards

August 05, 2012


The LSAs proved this year how they are more like the Oscars than ever before. In 1998, Shakespeare in Love beat Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture in what is arguably the biggest upset at the Oscars ever (even more than Rocky against The Network, which made at least some sense since Rocky was about rooting for the underdog.) In 2012, Adnan Malik won the award for Best Music Video Director for Mera Bichra Yaar beating out both Ayesha Linnea and Shahbaz Shigri’s video for Adil Omar’s Paki Rambo and Ali Azmat’s video for Bum Phatta. Precisely after which jaws dropped.

The other shock of the night was when Bumbu Sauce won for Best Emerging Talent, beating out Usman Riaz and once again, Adil Omar. Usman Riaz should have owned this award (just like Tom Hanks should have owned the Best Actor category at the same Oscars in 1998). But while Pakistan’s most talented upcoming musician remains uncrowned, the award went to a band that really does make some pretty funky music. Good job, Bumbu Sauce!

The other important awards went to Pakistan’s biggest star yet, Ali Zafar, for Jhoom which was voted the Best Album of the Year and Quratulain Baloch for Song of the Year with Woh Humsafar Tha. And while the event featured a number of performances most noteworthy of which were Ali Zafar’s tribute to Mehdi Hassan and his fun-filled finale, it was a joy to watch Adil Omar light the LSAs up by stepping off stage and rapping his heart out. It was certainly a fitting end when after spitting out verse after verse, he raised a fist in the air before being saluted by flames that flanked him on the stage.


After winning the award, Colonel Bumbu thanked band members Master Jee, Colonel, Zakuta and Jeevay Lal with a short yell. Later on Facebook they had the following status update:

“We just won Best Emerging Artist at the Lux Style Awards. Aaj kay baad hamari zindagi main aur koi saabun istamaal nahin ho ga. Fust of all, thanks be to all BumbuHead fans for supporting us. MOJAMBO! Whaddis Da Scene?? THIS IS DA SCENE!!!!!”