Awards like Best Actor, Best Director and Best Writer are covetable awards, but do they really sum up the year in entertainment?
On the morning of the annual Lux Style Awards where we'll see 2017's best films and TV dramas get some well-deserved appreciation, we bring you the results of our 'alternate' LSA survey -- which dug into what our readers really thought about the hits and flops of the past year!
Which dance sequence did you find the weirdest? Who was the most annoying TV character? Over 800 readers weighed in. Find out what they thought here...
Reader's choice: Punjab Nahi Jaungi
Our choice: Punjab Nahi Jaungi
While we thoroughly enjoyed Chupan Chupai, we were disappointed to learn that its script is plagiarised, so Punjab Nahi Jaungi is our choice of must-rewatch for its actually funny script, progressive ethos and really memorable characters. We want to see Humayun plead 'Help me, Durdana' again!
Reader's choice: Chain Aye Na
Our choice: Chain Aye Na
We don't want to keep hating on Chain Aye Na, but the film's anachronistic take on romance and relationships still makes us want to puke. It may have worked in the '90s (it really shouldn't have though) but not anymore.
Reader's choice: Sahir Lodhi and Abeer Rizvi in Raasta
Our choice: Adil Murad and Dolly in Chain Aye Na
Reader's choice: 'Help me Durdana' in Punjab Nahi Jaungi
Our choice: 'Can I kiss?' in Chain Aye Na
Call us ridiculous, but we derive an odd kind of pleasure in recalling the most WTF-est of dialogues from the Chain Aye Na trailer.
Reader's choice: Rayan slapping (thrice!) the object of his obsession Ruba in Chain Aye Na
Our choice: Aami slapping his rape survivor wife Sara in Verna
Given that Sara (Mahira Khan) had already gone through an immense ordeal in Verna, seeing Aami (Haroon Shahid) unleash more aggression on her was a tough ask for the audience. There were other ways for Aami to communicate his anguish and we're uncomfortable with the idea that the slap was just added in for shock value or dramatic effect.
Reader's choice: Chalay Thay Saath
Our choice: Chalay Thay Saath
Have you seen the trailer?
Reader's choice: Durdana (Urwa Hocane) in Punjab Nahi Jaungi
Our choice: Sharmeen (Sadaf Kanwal) in 'Balu Mahi'
While Durdana definitely made an impression on every PNJ viewer, we're rooting for Sadaf Kanwal making a comeback on the big screen as the sultry Sharmeen who didn't shy away from telling a man that she wants him.
Reader's choice: Suhana of Teri Raza
Our choice: Suhana of Teri Raza
Suhana, played by Sanam Baloch, is this year’s bholiest larki. A wealthy, educated girl who marries a man she has zero interest in and starts an affair with her college boyfriend. After a lot of circular arguments, a divorce and sad game of musical beds, she eventually realises how much she loves her first husband Imtiaz’s money and his talent for agreeing with her. (Dear Sanam Baloch, you are one of the most talented actors of our industry, don’t waste yourself like this again.)
Reader's choice: Dr Asfandyar (Ahad Raza Mir) in Yakeen ka Safar
Our choice: Dr Asfandyar (Ahad Raza Mir) in Yakeen ka Safar
We have a feeling that if we don’t say Dr Asfandyar aka Ahad Raza Mir, there will be a public outcry. So let's run with the noble doctor, with the gruff attitude and film star looks.
Reader's choice: Ahad Raza Mir and Sajal Aly in Yakeen Ka Safar
Our choice: Ahad Raza Mir and Sajal Aly in Yakeen Ka Safar
Now, this is the hardest category of all because there were so many cute couples this year. The biggest buzz this year was for Dr Zubia and Dr Asfandyar, as in Sajal Aly and Ahad Mir, so we give them that nomination.
Reader's choice: O Rangreza
Our choice: Teri Raza
Ali Sethi's soulful voice gives Teri Raza's OST its edge.
Reader's choice: Teri Raza
Our choice: Khaani
We so want to say Teri Raza but Khaani deserves this crown so much more. This super hyped drama is the new Mann Mayal with its weak script, two-dimensional characters and regressive ideas. So what makes it popular? The answer is the charismatic leads Sana Javed and Feroze Khan who are making this unbearable story watchable.
Reader's choice: Tora Khan (Sange Mar Mar)
Our choice: Tora Khan (Sange Mar Mar)
Our pick has to be the magnetic Tora Khan. Full credit to Mustafa Afridi’s amazing writing for creating this Shakespearian character for whom the audience felt an almost equal mixture of pity, hate, empathy and disgust. Paras Masroor’s magnificent handling of this complex, many layered character sealed the deal.
Reader's choice: Yakeen Ka Safar
Our choice: Sange Mar Mar
If any drama deserves to be on Netflix, it is Sange Mar Mar. Raw, authentic and gripping, this drama will not let you go once you start.
Reader's choice: Yakeen Ka Safar
Our choice: Yakeen Ka Safar
For us, it's also Yakeen Ka Safar. This drama presented every angle of honour culture wrapped in a sweet romance. This story touched on rape, sexual assault, victims' rights, honour killings and even the consequences of a false accusation without missing a beat.