ARY Film Awards

ARY Film Awards
2nd ARY Film Awards

ARY Film Awards Statue
Awarded for Excellence in cinematic achievements.
Sponsored by Nokia, ZONG and L'Oréal
Country Pakistan
Presented by ARY Digital Network and Entertainment Channel
First awarded 27 April 2014 (2014-04-27)
28 May 2014 (2014-05-28)(televised)[1]
Official website
Television/Radio coverage
Network ARY Digital

The ARY Film Awards (Urdu: ARY فلم انعام), commonly known as The AFA's, is an annual Pakistani awards ceremony honoring the cinematic achievements of film industry. Winners are awarded the golden statue, officially the ARY Film Award of Merit, that is much often known as an AFA trophy. The awards, first presented in 2014 at Golf Club, Karachi,[2] are overseen and organized by ARY Digital Network and Entertainment Channel. ARY Film Awards became an electoral race to the trophy to best film in any category, as per being the first awarding ceremony of reboot era of Pakistani Film Industry. ARY Film Awards are the first film awarding ceremony after the demolishing of Pakistani oldest awarding ceremony Nigar Awards.

ARY Film Awards are the effort of ARY Groups CEO Salman Iqbal who laid the foundation of ARY Films, which proves enormous beneficial for the Pakistani Film Industry and henceforth generate the new face of Pakistani Cinema in 2013. In result ARY Awards marked the milestone of supporting the efforts of artists across the country.[3] The awards are reputed as annual event of ARY Digital Network to honor the actors, technical achievements and films of Pakistan. Award has been given in more than a dozen categories rendered into three major segments Viewers Choice, Jury Choice and Technical Awards.

The 2nd ARY Film Awards, is scheduled to take place in Dubai, UAE on April 16, 2016.[4][5]


ARY Network Logo with slogan

ARY Group is a well-known holding company founded by known businessman Abdul Razzak Yaqoob, thus representing the acronym of his name ARY which later became the first name of each subsidiary that comes in Group. ARY is a diversified group with interests in several sectors, though it is most famous for its contribution to Pakistani television.[6] Its TV company ARY Digital Network and Entertainment Channel which further holds five television channels is one of highly rated TV Network in Pakistan. With the success in television, ARY Digital inaugurates ARY Films a film distribution company, which proves magnificently beneficial in terms of the arise of Pakistani cinema and money making. Year 2013, mark the milestone of the rebirth of Pakistan after a decade, hence generating another brick in great dome, ARY Film Awards were presented in order to honor the achievements of cinematic industry which had lost the charm years ago.

First ceremony was presented at Golf club of Defense Housing Authority in Karachi attended by the audience of more than 700 people including celebrities. Thirty three awards were presented, honoring artists, directors and other personalities of the film-making industry of the time for their works during the 2013 period; the ceremony ran for 3 hours and 45 minutes.

The ceremony was held in late April and broadcast a recorded telecast in late May. Special presenters are usually lined-up in a pair or single individual to present the awards to winners, presenters themselves was nominated and were media personalities. ARY used the sealed envelope to reveal the name of the winners.

The first Best Actor decided by Jury was given to Humayun Saeed and Best Actor decided by Viewers was presented to Shaan Shahid, for their work in Main Hoon Shahid Afridi and Waar respectively, this made them the first ARY Award winner in history. The honored professionals were awarded for all the work done in a certain category for the qualifying period; for example, Humayun and Shaan received their award for movies in which they starred during that period.

First ceremony was hosted by multiple hosts, with Shaan and Ayesha Omer were main host of the ceremony[7] while Fahad Mustafa, Sarwat Gilani and Hamza Ali Abbasi hosted different segments.

ARY Films and Motto

Main article: ARY Films
ARY Films Logo

Cinema and Film making in Pakistan makes an enormous hit comeback in the year 2013,[8] with the name like Revisiting the death and Revival of Pakistani Cinema and phrases like New-wave, rebirth and revival become the tagline of every event that held in Pakistani Film Industry.[9] Release of around seven Pakistani films throughout the country gave a much-needed push to aspiring local film-makers, it also produced a hyper-sentimental wave about the rise of Pakistan cinema, which masked the realities on the ground. The current year holds more promise for Pakistani cinema as more than two dozen productions are reportedly on the floor.[10][11]

ARY Digital Network and Entertainment Channel joins hand with many film ventures and give birth to the new subsidiary to entire Group ARY Films, which mark the new milestone in Pakistani cinema foundation. ARY Films release thirty five films including 11 Urdu, 6 Punjabi and 17 Pashto films. Among them Waar, Main Hoon Shahid Afridi, Josh, Chambaili, Zinda Bhaag, Siyaah and Lamha tops the charts in industry and collects splendid box office performances on domestically and internationally.[12] To celebrate the success of Pakistani cinema, ARY Films inaugurated First Film Awarding Ceremony after the demolishing of Nigar Awards, with the motto of "Celebrating the New Face of Cinema" to honor the films from all over the Pakistan, actors and technical achievements.[13][14]

AFA's Statuette


ARY Film trophy is known as ARY Film Award of Merit and recently it is also referred as AFA's trophy. It is Made of gold-plated britannium on a black metal base, it is 11 in (27.94 cm) tall, weighs 6.5 lb (2.94 kg) and depicts a gold-lady rendered in Art Deco style turned into curve style making ovule shape above her head by joining hands standing on a reel of film with presenter's name. The presenter name represent organization logo and respective winner field and name. As of first ceremony a total of 33 AFA's trophies have been presented to artists.


AFA's statute is named after the ARY Group's co-founder Abdul Razzak Yaqoob, which is known as acronym "ARY". This acronym serve as a company logo and its all subsidiaries. Hence ARY Films which generates the idea of "ARY Film Awards" which further shortened to "AFA", first letter of each word (Abdul Razzak Yaqoob), thus naming the AFA's Trophy or simply AFA.


Since 2014, with ceremony inception Nomination results have been announced to public in early April, prior to the ceremony that held late in the same month and televises late in next month.


ARY presents Awards in three sections decided by their respective Jury:[15]

ARY Digital Network and Entertainment Channel, a collective name for ARY Group maintains the massive voting membership. Each section has its own jury, for the selection of nominations.

For the Jury Choice category, winners are conclude only in four major categories, Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress, without considering any nominations and voting criteria is totally depends upon the selected Jury of ARY Group. However this category is made to avoid the biased results which can may occur in Public voting.

Similarly the Technical Awards, all the categories are proposed and voted by relevant Jury of this section, and winners are concluded by Jury selection without considering any nominations.

Viewers Choice categories are the most eye-catching awards that are presented on the basis of public voting. Nominations are made by AFA's special Jury, total of fourteen viewers choice awards are given by public voting. All of four Jury awards are also awarded in Viewers category, so they can vote according to their favorite work and artist. As of first ceremony Public voting's are done through text messages or by going on ceremony official website.


As per the rules of AFA, a film must open in the previous calendar year, from midnight at the start of 1 January to midnight at the end of December 31, in karachi or Lahore, Pakistan to qualify, e.g.; if a movie released in 2010 and did not play its AFA's-qualifying run in Pakistan will not be qualify for 2010 awards until its completes its screening to qualify for next ceremony.

As per rule, Film must be feature-length, defined as a minimum of 40 minutes and it must exist either on a 35 mm film or 70 mm film print or in 24 frame/s or 48 frame/s progressive scan digital cinema format with native resolution not less than 1280x720.

Producers of the films must summit their Official Screen Credits for film before the deadline, in order to get nomination if respective film gets nomination in Best Film category. This rule states the original and credited producers selection of a film by an AFA.



All the awards are presented in a ceremony between February to May and usually telecast after a month, following the relevant calendar year, and two weeks after the announcements of Viewers choice nominees. It is the culmination of the film awards season, which usually begins during November or December of the previous year. This is an elaborate extravaganza, with the invited guests walking up the red carpet in the creations of the most prominent fashion designers of the day. Black tie dress is the most common outfit for men, although fashion may dictate not wearing a bow-tie, and musical performers sometimes do not adhere to this, while for women casual to formal dress is the most common outfit.

The ARY Film Awards, like others (Lux, Hum and PMA's) are not a live televised ceremony, due to management and telecast restrictions. The Award show is broadcast on the ceremony presenter's own channel ARY Digital and will be televised on the same network in the future.

First ceremony was held on Sunday 8:00 p.m. PST/UTC+5, and Televised on Saturday after twenty seven days of the actual ceremony event at 8:00 p.m. PST/UTC+5. In terms of broadcast length, the ceremony generally averages three and a half hours. The first ARY Film Awards, lasted 3 hours and 45 minutes. At the other end of the spectrum. Including the thanking clips of winners before the break.


As of 2014, first ceremony were held at Golf Club, DHA Phase VIII, Karachi in an open ground. In spite of other awarding ceremonies that are usually held at expo centers of Karachi and Lahore. Ceremony usually hold a Red carpet at ceremony sie before the entrance to venue place.[16] For 2016 ceremony that will honor the films of 2015, is scheduled to take place on February 18, 2016, in Dubai, UAE.[17]

Award Ceremonies

ARY film Award ceremony become most awaited ceremony of the year after Lux Style Awards. ARY is currently the only Pakistani awarding ceremony that honors film achievements only after Nigar Awards. Other awarding ceremonies host many other sections of showbiz. The "Afascast" has pulled in a bigger haul when box-office hits are favored to win the Best Film trophy. More than 15 million viewers turned to the telecast for the first ceremony in 2014, the year of Waar, which generated Rs. 9 million at Pakistani Box Office before the ceremony. Waar became the highest-grossing movie of Pakistan, and won 13 awards among its 19 nominations including Best Film decided by Public.

With the revival of cinema ARY Film Ceremony regarded as most important ceremony that honor the cinematic achievements and artist of showbiz. In a country like Pakistan where cinema and movie making are on the least edge of showbiz, holding such ceremony generates the new wave of the Pakistani cinema. ARY film awards became the most expensive ceremony that ever held in Pakistan with the cost of Rs. 80 million.[18] No ceremony was held for 2014 film year.

Merit categories

Following is the listing of ARY Film Awards Merit categories since 2014.[19]

Current Categories

Jury's Choice Awards
Viewer's Choice Awards
Technical Awards

As of first ceremony, awarding sections were rendered into three major categories among them Four most highlighted award are presented by only ARY Jury, in order to avoid the biased selection, all of four jury awards are simultaneously also awarded in Viewers category, where winners are concluded on the basis of public selection. Only Jury Awards categories has a superfix of Jury as they specially awarded, while Viewers awards are simply named and mention. Best Original Music and Best Makeup and Hairstyling categories are also simply known as Best Music and Best Makeup respectively.

Special Categories

The Special ARY Film Awards are voted on by special committees, rather than by the ARY Film membership as a whole. They are not always presented on a consistent annual basis.

Current Special Categories

As of first ceremony total of four special awards were presented, in the following year it will be clear that which of the above currently presented award will continue to be given. ARY Film Honorary Award for Special Contributing via theaters is one of the most special awards which is presented only at first ceremony and was given a special ARY token of screening ARY Films to the film theaters of Pakistan instead of AFA's trophy.

Critical response and review

ARY Film Awards met with huge success and response, because of the no such films awards ever held on such grounds in country.[20] ARY Awards were also praised because of their collaboration with many other film companies to help in rebuilding the Pakistani cinema once again. Many critics and bloggers praises ARY Digital Network such step of introducing Pakistan's "first ever film awards" after the demolishing of country's oldest awarding ceremony Nigar awards which was demolished after 2001 due to the box office failure of film industry and lack of good films. Afterwards Lux Style Awards replaced Nigar but Lux brought different categories of show business under one name and it continue to do so for 12 years and currently entering in its 13th year, but never recognized as film awards. But with the success of ARY Films, ARY Film Awards was also a huge success and recognized as an only film awards of Pakistan.[21] With such response founder of ARY Network Slaman Iqbal said:

"As far as films is concerned, I would like to say that it is our mission to take things forward one step at a time. Last year we presented some great movies and this year we are creating a platform where great movies will be appreciated. I think that Pakistan has lost many years as far as the development of the film industry is concerned so we must all join hands and take out talent of our industry to where the international films and global cinema stand today."[22]

While CEO and President of ARY Network Jerjees Seja said:

"Another milestone is going to be achieved by the Pakistan’s film industry with ARY Film Awards. It is a matter of pride for us that we are creating another platform to appreciate the talent of Pakistan and motivate the young and creative to make more films next year and keep the ball rolling."[23]

At the first ceremony Shaan and Ali Zafar were in off-and-on stage fight of words, where Shaan indirectly criticized Ali and other artists for not believing in Pakistani cinema and work across the borders, when Ali was given honorary International Icon award. Audience and critics favored Shaan as they describe that Shaan stood first with industry in time of hour in sprite he was offered many films across the border and internationally, but he refused to regenerates the Pakistan film industry. Salman Iqbal's ARY Films and Shaan's Riaz Ahmad Productions join hand to bear the torch in Pakistan Film Industry's quest for its revived future. Riaz Shahid Films will produce four films every year from the next year making sure that there is always enough local content for cinemas to exhibit, whereas ARY Films will make sure that the films receive the grandest reception in the country possible.[24][25]

Associated events

Following events are closely associated with the annual ARY Awards:

Winner gifts

It has been a tradition to give out gifts bags to the winners of their respective category. The assortment of gifts does not varies significantly, usually with the AFA's trophy winners were given out Nokia phones as Nokia serve as a main sponsor for the ceremony.

See also


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  2. "ARY To Host Film Awards In April". Showbiz Spice. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  3. "ARY launches ARY Film Awards for Pakistani films". Rashid Nazir Ali. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  4. "It's official: ARY Film Awards 2016 to be held in Dubai!". ARY News. January 17, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  5. "ARY Film Awards are back...this time in Dubai". HIP. December 31, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  6. "ARY Digital Network – A leading channels that always remembering you!". Mashaal Gauhar. Blue chip. 14 May 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  7. "Shaan and Ayesh to host AFA's". April 3, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  8. "Pakistani Cinema Back with Bang". Zain ul Abideen. ARY News. September 24, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
  9. "Revisiting the death and rebirth of Pakistani cinema". Sher Khan. Express Tribune. October 28, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
  10. "Cinema in Pakistan: the way ahead". Mazhar Zaidi-Producer of Zinda Bhaag. Dawn News. June 1, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  11. "Time to Take Pakistani Cinema Seriously". Farhan Zahidi. Word Press. October 13, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
  12. "ARY Films Rules the Roost in Pakistani Cinema". ARY News. December 31, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
  13. "Celebrating the new face of Pakistani cinema". Emanuel Sarfaraz. The Nation. April 30, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  14. "Celebrating the new face of Pakistani cinema with ARY Film Awards". E-Trends. April 14, 2014. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  15. "ARY Film Award Held April 27, with Three different Categories". The Nation. April 27, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
  16. "ARY Film Awards to be held on April 27, 2014 (Sunday)". ARY News. April 13, 2014. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
  17. "It's official: ARY Film Awards 2016 to be held in Dubai!". ARY News. January 17, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  18. "Waar steel the show at most expensive event". The Kooza. May 26, 2014. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  19. "Star studded ARY Film Awards attended by all Pakistani mega stars". Pakistan Today. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  20. "All that Glitters is with only ARY Film Awrads". Taste Pakistan. June 3, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  21. "Pakistan's 'first ever' film awards". Correspondent. Dawn News. 30 April 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  22. "ARY boasts of first ever ARY Film Awards 2014". Raj Baddhan. Media 247 - Biz Asia UK. May 9, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  23. "ARY Films Awards and Revival of Pakistani Cinema". Usman Sheikh. Pakistan Media Revolution. April 23, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  24. "ARY and Riaz Shahid Films join's hands for the industry's voyage to success". galaxy of Lollywood.
  25. "Riaz Shahid Films join hands to revive Pakistan's Cinema Industry". Lahore Times correspondent. Lahore Times. November 27, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2014.

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