Lux Style Awards – What the heck is going on!?

Don’t take me wrong. I can stomach every gory episode of CSI or Bones, and even catch the occasional horrifying FIR on Geo Television. But I don’t think I’ve ever quite experienced the want to disassociate myself from anything as much as I did while watching the Lux Style Awards last night. I actually lost sleep over this!

I understand the hypocrisy our wanna-bee’s thrive on; however I do fail to understand the concept behind vulgar dances and backless dresses; on-screen flirtation and a sense of humor that would fly over the heads of 98% of the audience that watches PTV to begin with. Of course, I also find it curiously sad when the only time Ali Azmat (rocker turned host!) was actually funny was when he said that he was thrilled to be in lovely Malaysia, despite having had the chance to actually leave his hotel!

I certainly don’t miss the old way we used to do the awards, with the high strings and keyboard and drums playing an irritating riff every time an award is announced, forcing the audience into a trance by clapping to the beat, but last night’s display makes me question a lot of things as far as identity, the double-edge sword of hypocrisy and whether the clothes I wear are just too outdated for today!

The stark reality of us moving towards a glamorous industry? A real farce! The fact that we need to go to another country to do an event that “represents” Pakistan, is strange to begin with, and while everyone puts the blame on the uncertain political circumstances for us to do our own events in our own country, do you really think they’d really be doing all those antics if a local venue was selected?

Is this the identity we have? The minute percentage of the population that those awards represent – is that in line with what I want the massive percentage of the people of this country are made up of? Or is it just that we had the awards and watched them for entertainment and I’m just overreacting to the whole situation.

If we’re revving the engine on our morals and values in the direction outlined by the movers and shakers (dare I say “models” of our forward generation), I am very frightened!

47 Comments so far

  1. mantissa (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 5:09 pm

    With all the glitz & glamor the event certainly serves as a reminder as to how the simultaneous moral degeneration and increasing disparity between the rich and poor continues ever so successfully.

    The point flagged is right on – it’s a pure issue of identity. We weren’t sure how it’d be to celebrate such a ceremony in a Pakistani style per say so we were swift in adopting Western / Indian driven glitz.

    A motivation for not holding the event on local soil? For one, pulling off what they did might have led to your fair number of people standing with lit torches outside the venue – the fear of accountability.

  2. rabia garib (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 5:21 pm

    Mantissa! Thanks for the note –

    True – We can’t have accountability in Media! It’s all supposed to be make-believe! Suspension of disbelief – Isn’t that what we’re supposed to feel when we see Nirma jiggle?!

  3. malaika rizwi (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 5:31 pm

    well times are changing…and not all changes are liked. about having the award somewhere else, well they should have had it in Pakisatan…but i guess i guess this was done inorder make the event more ostentasious.

  4. mansoor (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 5:37 pm

    welcome to metblogs rabia :)

  5. Mohsin Raza (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 5:51 pm

    Every thing’s fake nowadays on media, same is that with LSA. Wake up ppl! come out of this disillusion, you are far from reality!

  6. omar r. quraishi (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 5:53 pm

    excuse me rabia but you have obviously never seen a punjabi movie — or you wouldnt have gone into this incoherent rant — going to malaysia was because of law and order as well as (probably) better production standards there — if you didnt like the show you should have just switched channels, surely you have probably 80 odd other choices

  7. AKL (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 6:33 pm

    isn’t there some way we could have resettled all those lunatics who participated these awards in Malaysia? Benazir, Mush, Shiekh Rashid and Nawaz could join these jokers in due course (not to mention Altaf Bhai).

  8. rabia garib (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

    Thanks for the note, Malaika – Mohsin: I obviously haven’t watched a Punjabi movie because one, I don’t speak Punjabi and 2, the Punjabi movie isn’t the one that was projected on an international stage and broadcast to the rest of the world. Pay close attention to the blog entry and you’ll see that I didn’t mention too many specifics, because I didn’t watch the whole thing. If I had, this rant would have been far more severe and much deeper than it is now.

    But thanks for the heads up – I can add you onto the list of “he who knows how to channel surf AND watch Punjabi movies!” :-)

  9. me (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 6:57 pm

    Lighten the hell up you losers! Why is it that everytime there is anything slighty “maadurn” on TV, the fundoos on this board grab their thusbees, hike up their shalwars and go off on a rant against the vulgarity in modern life. It’s ENTERTAINMENT people!

    Sure it isn’t part of our culture…but as the original post mentioned, it’s a hell of a lot more entertaining than the old award shows on PTV used to be. What kind of award ceremony would you malvis and malcontents have put up? Surely not one that would have been worth discussing on this board.

    And don’t even get me started on those simple minded cretins who drag Islam into the mix. Of course it’s not Islamic but then again (sorry to say) nothing fun really is. So if you’re so concerned of going to hell after catching a glimpse of Meera’s gyrating thighs, chnage the channel and leave the rest of us the hell alone!

  10. Mohsin (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 8:50 pm


    that’s the typical eilitist thinking, vulgarity for entertainment, bravo! and where did Islam came into this??? but can u plz explain me what abt our culture,values and ethics in light of what u ar trying to protect?

    b/w i think Rabia was talking about the PTV awards of late 80s and early 90s, which were very entertaining and very popular as well.

  11. silver (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 9:08 pm

    Sad state of confusion is what our people in … I hope it gets better, even when people think it is hip to go to dance parties and be gay.

  12. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 9:21 pm

    @ME – bare back, lownecks, deep cleveage, being naked is also MAADURN, Those who do not accept Ali Saleem Life style Being ‘Crazy Heejra’ and vocal about it is also MAADURN, – Being a bisexual and into no string relationship like Fareeha altaf as said for herself on TV channel, is also MADDURN, Those who see it bad and does wish NOT to go with that Mud Tide are painted as Paindo, Backward, Jahil, etc etc, –

    All the Taboos of past century are now translated as modernism n painted as Enlightenment, people who do not accepte and resist it are also dubbed as Paindo, jahil, rants etc etc,

    wait till such flood hit your door step, and your kin is taken away gyrating in that MAADURNISM.

    Rabia IS RIGHT and it is not a RANT, – Iss siissakti daam toorti kadroon kay mohafiz, aaj uss ki izzat kai dar-pai hain,

    Ham kis gali ja rahai hai,…….!

  13. cynicalrealistic (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 9:41 pm

    Everybody’s excuse: slightly bored, severely confused.

  14. nuzhat (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 10:23 pm

    Oh relax everyone…. why are we so serious all the time.. and why do we take everything as a threat to our culture/identity etc. Just enjoy the diversity…nahin dekhna tau channel badal do…but please dont tell me how to define my identity as a Pakistani…. and trust me, any number of Lux style awards cannot change the image of Pakistan to a fun loving country… the bearded brigade has taken care of that image for another 5 years at least.

  15. Obi Wan Kenobi (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 10:39 pm

    Welcome Rabia on metblogs. Could you please share how were you chosen to be an author on this site? Were you invited to write ? Did you apply ? What ever it is, you have no clue about this site. This site is about KARACHI , its events and its people. I can not under stand that how lux awards have any thing to do with KMB. Any how I hope that you will enjoy your stay here.

  16. Umer Khan (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 10:45 pm

    I could not agree more, Rabia.

    ps: do you (still) remember me? :p

  17. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 10:52 pm

    Welcome onboard, Rabia. It is always nice to have a(nother) sane voice among us.:-))

  18. Darthvader (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 11:13 pm

    @Obi. no she can’t. you are refering to all the pre-requisites on the MB front page that one has to have to qualify for authorship on this blog. well my friend , KMB does not and has not followed them in years . Most recent authors here hadn’t contributed s**t as a commentator before they all of a sudden emerge as authors on KMB …. off course they have to come on board and b**** about everything that is wrong with our city , country and people…laughable .

    This post obviously has nothing to do with Karachi but i guess the author is tooo dumb to realize that .

    cheers all

    to the revival of Dada movement


  19. Kashif (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 11:46 pm

    Rabia @ Netmag?

  20. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 12:10 am

    Ms.Garib,welcome to KMB. Offtopic but, your name sounds very familiar to me and I remember it due to your surname. Were you used to host some tech program on a private channel?

  21. Anathema (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 12:48 am
  22. Anathema (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 12:55 am

    @ Me:

    what most people like to believe “elite” is quite sadly crass and morally quite the opposite. elite is supposed be intellectual and sane. not about dancing and jumping and thats it. this is all fascist.

    and i think that uis exactly the point Rabia is tryin to make: artificial.

    Yes the awards were held in Malaysia for production facilities but I would also like to ask: WHO THE HELL IS LUX TO DECIDE BEST ACTOR OR MUSIC OR ANYTHING? they’re a soap! a blasted soap! nahanae ka sabun jo saaf bbhi na kare magar sirf khoobsurat jild ko aur mulayam kare! are teh expert? no! they’re the ones who are talking about anything that doesnt make sense

    LSA is really overrated Rabia.

    And you proved their point: they got your attention. they’re simply put: crass and very very low.

  23. d0ct0r (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 1:10 am

    @Adnan that was ufone tech talk aired on GEO tv…

  24. nocturnal (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 1:46 am

    you surname reminded me of ABU gharib jail, and from abu gharib i recalled a documentary abt. torture in US jails,

    AbuGhuraib wasnt new…Americans are not new to torturing inhumanly….american prisons have a considerable history of such tortures..Lets See

  25. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 2:18 am

    oh yeah. Thanks doctor!

    Anathema , thanks for sharing.

    @Noc: eh making fun of someone’s surname?

  26. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 2:28 am

    callig hasan shehryar ARMAANI? i know the guy was being sarcastic but… ali as bono *sigh*

    anyways, the guy exposed the divided society pretty well ,specially the wannabe westerners.

  27. Henna (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 2:35 am

    Rabia it’s nice to have you:)
    DV- Why is it that you come up with something intensely critical everytime?
    What would Dadaists have done?
    Half of the people have no clue who they were. Why flaunt your knowledge?

  28. Darthvader (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 3:44 am

    @Henna : you are joking right ???? I get on this blog to read about Karachi , this blog is supposed to have posts about Karachi hence the name : Karachi metroblogging. there are 50
    thousand other blogs to write about 50 thousand other things …I would have thought this was obvious to anyone with an IQ above room temperature .you , it appears , beg to differ ,
    O well ….

  29. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 4:08 am

    so DV, are you upset because you don’t have RasMalai anymore?

  30. centrist (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 4:18 am

    I apologize for the long post…but I don’t post often so please excuse me…
    I agree this is not a forum for such a post(and is not directed personally at anyone in particular)…. but this highlights an issue effecting a teenage or twenty something karachite. I am a silent reader of this site.maybe its an emotional attachment to my hometown that I am a regular reader. there is this reoccurring theme ie who is right in this debate of, as you guys put it, “maadurn”ization?.i studied all my life in an “wanna-be/elite” school of karachi although I used to live in a small lower middle class neighbourhood and was very attached to the local masjid…must I say that I was a very confused teenager…half the day trying to mingle with the party gung-ho/rave crazy crowd (unfortunately I did pretty well…) and the latter at the local masjid (my own free will not my parents danda) trying to make peace with Allah and mingling with the madrassah boys… why I tell you this is because I don’t want to come off as being self righteous …also that you know where, what I say next, is coming from…
    Rabia is justified to argue the morality and the audacity of the people and media portraying the Pakistani culture through the “lux style awards”…so to all the people who oppose this post and think that she is a “fundoo”,(to which I take offense)…I would take a step back and maybe write a few more constructive lines …
    To Rabia the “double-edge sword of hypocrisy” and “wanna-be” class is also a reality and an integral part of the Pakistani society from which you cannot shy away …so denying them or feeling frightened by them will not make them vanish…they have every right to portray the Pakistan how they feel it ought to be…yes even on TV…
    An average karachite teenager who crosses “the bridge” (yes yes the clifton one..)to the other side is attracted and in awe of it. but he/she knows where he is coming from so has no choice but to disclaim and deny it once they go back…he is justified to do so as it would ruin their peace of mind…so what this confused-teenage-karachite must be told and should realize is that… living in a society which is being polarized by both the “moderate-enlightened” and “the religious extremist” you DO NOT have to make the choice i.e. you do not have to side with either the left radical liberals or the right radical conservatives…that teenager should be told to read…. yes read …authors and activists like Chomsky, Edward Said, zinn, fisk, galloway, arundhati roy (she is also a political activist) …listen to Zakir naik, yousef Islam, yousuf Estes…every teenage karachite should realize that his or her derision should not be directed towards the right or the left but towards the “have’s” (vs havenot’s) of our society…for social injustice is what breeds these feelings…but i digress…
    So coming to the point of how to define “Madurn”ization vs. modernization…it is a society where the conservative right extremist “fundoo” accepts the right radical liberal ideas and practices and vice versa the left “moderate enlightened” accept the religious beliefs and doctrines of the right “fanatics”…they differ but coexist…
    So bottom-line… please both sides dispel your prejudices and also that of others…..

  31. Danish (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 5:27 am

    I just feel that they’re copying the Indian set of awards and although i do agree that the indian awards dont represent their culture or the way life is for an average Indian..but holding the awards abroad means making their stars popular and raking in the big moolah for the organizers as well as more popularity for the stars and they sell like hot cakes among the local Indian/Pakis..doing the same with the Paki industry is who knows all these jokers outside Pakistan, so there’s no way anyone of em would benefit from em..There’s no audiences at the awards’s just the industry wallahs dancing to their own tune.

  32. Imran (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 10:18 am

    For conservatives crying foul in the name of ‘social constraint’ and degradation of Pakistani ‘moral’ fibre … we need to RELAX!

    Fashion Festivals and Award Shows are MAKE BELIEF / FANTASY / ESCAPE … and that’s what Films are about too! it’s NOT reality, it’s momentary ESCAPE (from reality).

    Those individuals who are confused enough to translate fantasy (Meera jiggling on stage or Shan blowing people away with his TT) into reality, it is the INDIVIDUAL’s in-ability to separate FANTASY from REALITY, it is not the fault of the FANTASY.

    Far more important than the distinction between REALITY-FANTASY (which affects only you), i noticed dangerous assumptions being made here (which can affect other people). And such assumptions can lead to even more dangerous misconceptions about other people (if you have not gone through the ‘inconvenience’ of researching those misconceptions or personal fears and are just basing your misconceptions on PERSONAL BIAS or the IGNORANCE of our past generations).

    you said:

    ” … is also MADDURN, Those who see it bad and does wish NOT to go with that Mud Tide are painted as Paindo, Backward, Jahil, etc etc, –

    All the Taboos of past century are now translated as modernism n painted as Enlightenment, people who do not accepte and resist it are also dubbed as Paindo, jahil, rants etc etc

    I believe you are being illogical here (bcz you took the liberty to comment without research. If you REFLECT on the issues you have raised or do some RESEARCH on the subjects you have addressed in your debate, you would not have used the word “tide” — bcz the word ‘tide’ implies that you believe that the wave of DIFFERENT things coming into Pakistan are merely a ‘trend’ or a ‘fad’.

    What we are calling a TIDE / TREND / FAD … is actually a CHOICE for some people. It is their LIFESTYLE. It may not be your lifestyle or my lifestyle but it IS that individual’s lifestyle (bcz that individual has no other option).

    BE REFLECTIVE. NOT REACTIVE. Even better, if we want to improve our society we MUST reach out to people, go out there, and do some RESEARCH instead of basing our entire lives on books.

  33. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 12:41 pm

    Those who are shouting about irrelevant posts, I ask them, is this first time? or you guys just landed on this KMB? When regular bloggers made a mistake to write off topic posts then why Ms.garib is being taken as an exception?

    and where the heck it is written that authors of this blogs MUST participate first in comments section?
    how foolish is your assessment that if ms.garib’s name is new,it means she’s a newbie here? I personally know a commenter here who made very very few comments here with a fake ID but she might be more older than people like Obi or DV. So better keep this lame assumption to yourself that those who don’t participate are NEW. There are several silent readers as well who visit regularly but don’t bother to participate.

    When you guys can tolerate lame and offtopic rants of old authors then why are you exposing yourself in such a lame manner? Oh then same people talk about frikkin civilization and ethics and talk about teaching morals to others. Hypocrites!

  34. me (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

    Well put Imran. Shows like this are for entertainment and supposed to be make-believe and should be taken with a pinch of salt. I studied in the States for four years and believe me, their culture is nowhere as promiscous and open as you would think if you watched a show like the MTV awards. But obviously people here seem to have a hard time seperating fantasy from reality since you often get posts that mention people fornicating on the streets of the west. It doesn’t happen people.

    The fact of the matter is that glitz and glamour sell. Obviously the Lux style awards are not representative of the real Pakistan but would you really want to watch a show that represents Pakistan in it’s true essence (at least these days). They could have started by flooding the streets outside the auditorium with knee high gutter slime and ferried the guests in by rubber dinghy. Before entering the guests would have to hand over their cell phones to the friendly ushers who would be brandishing TT’s. And just before the show would start, the lights would go out. Shows like the Lux awards are supposed to take you away from the shitty reality and let you escape for a little while. That’s all they are meant to be so stop reading so much into it.

    And as for anyone who claims that the old PTV award shows of the 80’s and 90’s were entertaining has maybe forgotten that we had only one damn channel at that time. Hell even a lame five minute cartoon at that time like ‘Touche Turtle’ would bring the country to a standstill since there was nothing else to watch. In all honesty, how many people would have tuned in today if the PTV ran an old format award show against the Lux awards show?

  35. cynicalrealistic (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 1:17 pm

    Everybody’s excuse: slightly bored, severely confused.

  36. PatExpat (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 1:40 pm

    Where is Mohammad Akram when you need him. Looks like this post is in serious need of a Messiah

  37. Jamash (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 2:56 pm

    You are right actually we are stabbing our culture, heritage and identity to a quick death. There will be a time when people will get tired of simply following the treads promoted by our media, they will realize that’s it’s all too fake to be real. India has a creative talent, but where will our media industry go? I have no idea…. I also don’t know if by then our children will even remember what our cultural values and our identity and heritage stood for… yes It worries me, too….

    Welcome to metroblogs :)..

  38. original-faisal (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 3:06 pm


    It’s 2 a.m. here in Los Angeles, came on to check my emails, saw your comment regarding Mohd. Akram and almost fell out of my chair laughing.

  39. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 5:33 pm

    almost fell out of my chair laughin

    You mentioned it in past posts as well. Don’t you think it’s time to fix your chair or get a new one?

  40. Mohsin (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 6:48 pm


    u think LSA entertaining, i found it fake and boring!

    well we do have some good award shows take for example the The Musik Awards ( remember anyone ??? ) held in 2006 were really enteratining!

  41. Reality_Check (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 8:07 pm

    Currently our TV entertainment scene is dominated by burger class because of the state of cultural void we have been forced to live in since the past 30 years. We have disowned our poetry, songs, dances and even languages. Our writers and intellectuals were made destitude, they either died or fled to greener pasteurs. unless we re-discover ourselves this is the entertainment we’ll get and its no fault of the guys producing these shows, they are doing the best they know how.

    As for those who have raised moral issues, I would suggest changing the channel. If certain sections of Pakistan’s society choose to wear and live the way they are, then its their choice, same as the ones who want to be covered from top to bottom. Skin or no-skin, its personal.

  42. Reality_Check (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 9:41 pm

    By the way I agree with those who have said that this topic is out of scope for this blog. WILL any of the authors open a topic on the current situation at JPMC and whats going on their?

  43. saba (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 1:48 am

    for all those saying that we have forgotten our roots, culture, and traditions – please tell me, what are you or those upholders of tradition doing to portray it through such ceremonies or events? many indian awards are held abroad – most multinationals take their employees abroad for meetings and outings. why not? it shows other countries what some of us are like. we are not all bombs and burqas. as far as critisizing the dresses and accents of those actors is concerned – so they were scantily dressed. the show wasn’t called ‘pakistan 2007’! it was an award show, roots of which are in a (so called) luxury foreign brand! it was as “reflective” of pakistan as the self-exploding mullas of pakistan are.

  44. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 11:38 am

    many indian awards are held abroad –

    you are kidding right? or you just slept on the other side of the bed? I have watched several Indian awards shows in last 12-12 years. Zee awards,iiFa awards,zee cien awards etc etc but comparing Lux award with Indian awards is rather offending Indian awards ceremonies. The lux award was not only a demonstration of flashing bodies but also it was such a 3rd class organized show that I never ever saw such a low rated Pakistani program in life. You talk about Indians, the fact of the matter is, even Indians’ Malaika Sharwat didn’dare to expose herself in any award cermony like it was done by Fareeha Altaf and others. And I don’t understand who asked that old retard Fareeha to expose herself?. I mean who told her that she looks hot when she exposes herself? I was feeling like vomit after watching her in such a pathetic dress.

    why not? it shows other countries what some of us are like. we are not all bombs and burqas.

    Kid, if burqas or bombs which you hate and consider it a sign of extreemism then such moronic demonstration in the form of Lux awards is also form of extremism . The difference is that bombers represent the right wing extremism while people
    involved in lux kind of stuff are representative of left wing liberal extremism. You don’t feel it bad because you are part of it. Just like bombers don’t feel exploding themselves bad because they are part of it. I find no difference in both mentality and both suck big time.

    Indians always seek excused to promote their RELIGION as well as CULTURE while Pakistanis always seek excuses to DEFAME their religion as well as culture. such low grade Pakistanis are less worthy for me then those Indians who are passionate to promote their culture and religion in it’s true form rather twisting the basics.

  45. JahanAra (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 6:45 pm

    Adnan, I detect misogyny in your comments. If you feel like vomiting when a woman is wearing a revealing dress, then you should reserve the same venom for the dehumanising abya, hijab,niqab get-up. BTW, that is also not part of our culture. It is imported from the darned Arabs.

  46. Ramla A. (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

    Good to see you on KMB, Rabia McTech Garib!

    Perhaps now KMB can move into covering tech topics too – would be a welcome change for the readers – though I wonder if in writing for a more social/political site, you are looking for a change of topic yourself. :)

  47. Ramla A. (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

    Good to see you on KMB, Rabia McTech Garib!

    Perhaps now KMB can move into covering tech topics too – would be a welcome change for the readers – though I wonder if in writing for a more social/political site, you are looking for a change of subject yourself. :)

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