Published On: Tue, Aug 2nd, 2016

Momin Durrani dishonors by Lux Style Awards 2016



The Lux Style Awards (LSA) 2016 has been given but it appears that the dust is far away from settling. Momin Durrani who is the performer and voice-over artist at Coke Studio considers humiliated at the hands of the show’s organizing team.

He was nominated for singing the Best Original Soundtrack category for TV drama Diyar e Dil, beside colleague crooner Zeb Bangash and got his show invite at the ultimate time. He stated in an interview that “It had a silver code which meant instead of sitting with the artists; I was supposed to sit with the audience at the back,”

The song Yaar-e-Mann has won the award and Bangash was there on stage to get the award, even singing a bit lines from it.

Durrani, who did not put a hem on the show, told that awards don’t matter to him. He shared “But all my friends and family have asked me what happened. My name is still there in the credits. This is humiliating.”

It was asked from the LSA media manager Fareshteh Aslam and she told that invites were belated crosswise the board and for that she apologized on behalf of the organizing team.

She elaborated the rules of the Best Original Soundtrack category and told that the award technically pertains to the producer of the drama whose title song wins.  She said that “It was Momina Duraid’s award and neither Bangash’s nor Durrani’s,” she continued by saying that “for the reason that Duraid was not present on the occasion, Bangash accepted it on her behalf.” The organizer further stated that in the past when Ali Zafar had won the award in this category, it was given to the drama’s producer. Aslam, however, feel sorry that what happened with Durrani.

In her reception speech, Bangash did not mention that she was taking the award on Durand’s behalf. On the backside, she articulated thanks towards her fans and expressed gratitude to her ustad for working untiringly behind the scenes. She did not mention Durrani nor music director Shani Arshad, who in fact came up with the composition of the track.

The 15th Lux Style Awards ceremony presented by Lux to honor the best in fashion, music, films and Pakistani television of 2015 took place on July 29, 2016, at Expo Center, Karachi, Sindh. The ceremony was started at 7:30 p.m. PST.


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.