Yumna Zaidi Wins Big At LSA 2023

Ali Sethi grabs award for top musical artist, Kamli and Sarmad Khoosat scoop up top film prizes

Yumna Zaidi Wins Big At LSA 2023

Pakistani showbiz industry's biggest award show concluded in Karachi the other night with breakout star Yumna Zaidi sweeping another host of honours.

In music, Ali Sethi brushed off controversy with his global hit to take home the prize for top musical artists. While in the film category, Sarmad Khoosat finally got the right kind of recognition for his talents.

The awards drew the creme de la creme of Pakistan's fashion and entertainment industries, from makeup artists to models, photographers to actors, musicians and everyone in between. 

The red carpet was lit up, with the stars seemingly descending to Earth on a moon-less night. 

A host of celebrities were spotted on the red carpet, including the likes of hosts Saba Qamar and Fahad Mustafa, Sarwat Gilani, Sarmad Khoosat and the team of the movie Joyland, Sanam Saeed, fashion designer Ali Xeeshan, actor Mohib Mirza, singer Shae Gill, Farhan Saeed and his wife Urwa Hocane, singer Aima Baig, actor and director Yasir Hussain, filmmaker Nadeem Baig, Ali Zafar, Faisal Kapadia, among others.

Film star Reema Khan picked up the "Youngest Lifetime Achievement Award". Veteran television actor Marina Khan, though, received the "Changemakers Award".

Maha Tahirani picked up the award for "Model of the Year" in the fashion category. Hussain Rehar was recognised as the "Fashion Forward Brand of the Year". 

There was an award for Meesha Shafi as the Most Stylish Musician of the Year.

In the film category, Sarmad Khoosat's Kamli picked up three awards, including the big one for "Film of the Year", apart from awarding Saba Qamar as "Best Film Actor (Female)" and another for Khoosat as the "Best Director".

Feroze Khan picked up the "Best Actor Award (Male)" for Tich Button.

The obscure Quaid-E-Azam Zindabad was handed the title of "Best Film of the Year" in the critic's category.

In Music, Ali Sethi picked up two awards, one as the "Singer of the Year" and the other for his global smash hit Pasoori for "Most Streamed Song of the Year".

Baloch singer Kaifi Khalil, however, beat Sethi to the "Best Song of the Year" award with a win for Kahani Suno.

In television, which still seems to rule the entertainment industry in Pakistan, Zaidi picked up both the "Best Actor" and the "Best Actor-Female" awards for her role in Bakhtawar. The former category was the viewer's choice, while the latter was the critic's choice. This is the fourth year running that Zaidi has bagged a top award at the show.
Sinf-e-Aahan directed by veteran film actor and director Nadeem Baig, was recognised as the "Best Ensemble Play" in the critic's choice. At the same time Kaisi Teri Khudgarzi won the viewer's choice "Best TV Play" award. Betiyaan was awarded as the "Best TV Long Serial".

Arsalan Naseer picked up the prize for "Best Television Actor (Male)".


Critic's Choice Category

Emerging Talent of the Year

Abeer Asad

Fashion Model of the Year (Male/Female)

Maha Tahirani

Fashion Forward Brand of the Year

Hussain Rehar

Fashion Photographer/ Videographer of the Year

Aleena Naqvi

Fashion Hair and Makeup Artist of the Year

Sunil Nawab

Fashion Stylist of the Year

Tabesh Khoja

Most Stylish Musician of the Year

Meesha Shafi


Viewer's Choice Category

Film of the Year


Best Film Actor of the Year

Feroze Khan - Tich Button

Best Film Actor of the Year Female

Saba Qamar - Kamli

Film Playback Song of the Year

Peela Rung - Parde Mein Rehne Do

Critic's Choice Category

Best Film Director of the Year

Sarmad Sultan Khoosat – Kamli

Best Film of the Year

Quaid E Azam Zindabad


Viewer's Choice Category

Singer of the Year

Ali Sethi - Pasoori

Song of the Year

Kahani Suno - Kaifi Khalil

Most Streamed Song of the Year

Pasoori - Ali Sethi and Shae Gill

Critic's Choice Category

Music Producer of the Year

Abdullah Siddiqui and Xulfi - Pasoori


Viewer's Choice Category

Best TV Play

Kaisi Teri Khudgarzi

Best TV Long Serial


Best TV Actor (Male)

Arsalan Naseer – Paristan

Best TV Actor

Yumna Zaidi – Bakhtawar

Best Original Soundtrack

Mere Humsafar

Critic's Choice Category

Best Emerging Talent

Dananeer Mobeen – Sinf-e-Aahan

Best Ensemble Play


Best TV Actor (Male)

Bilal Abbas Khan - Dobara

Best TV Actor (Female)

Yumna Zaidi – Bakhtwar

Best TV Director

Saife Hasan – Sang-e-Mah

Best TV Play Writer

Mustafa Afridi – Sang-e-Mah