We Direly Need Structure And Discipline- Sajal Aly

It’s been a while since the Lux awards took place and Saba Qamar bagged the best actress award for her performance in Baaghi.  Whereas Sajal Aly was nominated with Best Actress nominations for both O Rangreza and Yakeen Ka Safar, Aly was among the few actors to have been recognized twice in the same category in a year. Sajal Aly along with everyone else clapped for the winning actress.

Although it seems as if the award show is still having it’s after effect on Aly.

Talking to Images, the actress expressed her opinion against the ‘best-dressed’ segment within the Lux Style Awards this year, which she found ‘humiliating’ and ‘disrespectful’ towards actors.

“I feel like we have gradually gone from treating awards as an evening of celebration of good work and art to ridiculing actors and our industry. I was quite disappointed [by LSA 2018],” she said.

The Best Dressed segment hosted by actor Ahmed Ali Butt, was something Sajal Aly did not approve of. In the segment, some male and female stars were lined up and the decision of who’s worthy of the title was left on audiences’ applause. Sajal was pitted against Nabila (who took the trophy), Ainy Jaffri and the Hocane sisters. While the crowd itself seemed to be rather uncomfortable during the segment, Sajal found it objectionable.

“It might sound harsh, but unfortunately that’s the reality. Actors were treated as subjects of humiliation and were used for cheap laughs. I may also sound like I’m ranting, but does no one go over the script and point out whether something is a bit much?” Sajal asked. “Not a lot of actors attend the awards in the first place and slowly that number will grow. I know I don’t want to be disrespected for the sake of a show’s rating.”

Ahmed Ali Butt who has always been in attention regarding his hosting skills defended himself by saying “It was all in good fun and it won’t be aired on TV because it was basically done in order to kill time while the stage was being set up for Sahir Ali Bagga and Ali Azmat’s live performance,” .

On the other hand, Sajal feels that the segment contradicted the show’s foundation. “It’s funny how the social message behind the awards this year was gender equality, highlighting women’s rights and abuse against women. That’s all I have to say,” she said.

While she felt her experience this time around was sour, does she have any expectations for the next awards season? “I’m not sure what to expect anymore, or rather, I know exactly what to expect… Start treating awards like awards,” she entreated. “Give respect where it is due and make people feel good that they attended the event. We direly need structure and discipline.”



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