The local award season may have culminated a while ago this year, but it seems the effects of it are still lingering in the air â€“ or at least for Sajal Aly.
Talking to Images, the actress spoke out against the â€˜best-dressedâ€™ segment within the Lux Style Awards this year, which she found â€˜humiliatingâ€™ and â€˜disrespectfulâ€™ towards actors.
â€œI 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.
Sajal, who was asked to participate along with Nabila, Urwa & Mawra Hocane, and Ainy Jaffri-Rehman in an impromptu contest to about the best-dressed celeb that night, felt that such things were used for â€˜cheap laughs.â€™
â€œIt might sound harsh, but unfortunately thatâ€™s the reality. Actors were treated as subjects of humiliation and were used for cheap laughs. I may also sound like Iâ€™m ranting, but does no one go over the script and point out whether something is a bit much?â€ Sajal questioned. â€œNot a lot of actors attend the awards in the first place and slowly that number will grow. I know I donâ€™t want to be disrespected for the sake of a showâ€™s rating.â€
The segment, however, does not air on TV, the host of the night, Ahmed Ali Butt clarified to the entertainment portal.
“It was all in good fun and it wonâ€™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 Azmatâ€™s live performance,” Ahmed said.
The actress, however, feels strongly about the situation.
â€œIâ€™m not sure what to expect anymore, or rather, I know exactly what to expect,” Sajal opined. “Start treating awards like awards. Give respect where it is due and make people feel good that they attended the event. We direly need structure and discipline.â€