Much-awaited 17th Annual PTV Awards held
The 17th annual PTV Awards were held in a glittering ceremony in Islamabad’s Convention Centre that honoured both artists and artisans for their work and performances.
The chief guest was Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, while he was accompanied by Information and Broadcasting Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, Religious Affairs Minister Khursheed Shah, Railways Minister Ghulam Bilour, Taimur Azmat Usman, PTV MD Yousaf Baig Mirza and Interior Adviser Rehman Malik. The ceremony was also attended by a host of personalities and veterans from the world of showbiz. It was conducted befittingly by models/actors Imran Abbas, Saba Qamar, Nadia Hussain and Mekaal Zulfiqar. Saba Qamar and Maira Wasti were adjudged best actresses while Ahsan Khan and Nauman Ijaz were announced best actors. Saba received two awards at the ceremony: Jury Award for her serial ‘Tera Pyar Nahi Bhoolay’ and the Viewers’ Choice Award for the same play. Nauman Ijaz was given the Jury Award for his work in the serial ‘Dil Behkay Ga’, and Ahsan Khan the Viewers’ Choice Award for ‘Tera Pyar Nahi Bhoolay’.
Sanam Marvi bagged the award for Best Singer (Light Music), while some other awards included Amjad Shah for Best Producer (Music Shows), Ayub Khoso Best Drama Writer (Telefilm), Seema Ghazal Best Drama Writer (Serial), Attaullah Baloch Best Producer (Telefilm), Tariq Mairaj Best Producer (In-house Serial), ‘Aurat Ka Ghar Kaunsa’ Best Production (Outsourced), Wasi Shah Best Host, Saleem Sheikh Best Supporting Actor, Arjumand Rahim Best Supporting Actress, and ‘Kachhra Kundi’ Best Title Song. The award ceremony also featured performances by several stars of the country’s entertainment industry, including Meera, Ahsan Khan, Resham, Zindagi, Mariyam Ali Hussain, Sajjad Ali, Sohail Sameer, Mehrunnisa, Sana, Javaid Bashir etc. Ali Zafar’s and Sajjad Ali’s were the most loved performances of the night.
To add comical touch to the already colourful evening, legendary comedian Sohail Ahmed enthralled the audience with his Azizi act, while Farooq Qaiser as Uncle Sargam, Mehmood Aslam as a transgender, and Hina Dilpazeer as Momo also had the audience in fits of laughter. Tributes were also paid to Lollywood’s late “Chocolate Hero” Waheed Murad, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, filmmaker/writer/director/music composer Khawaja Khurshid Anwar and legendary Sufi singer Abida Parveen.