The debut ARY Film Awards or AFA'14 ceremony, brought to you by ARY group of Entertainment Channel and Digital Network, sponsored by Nokia, co-powered by L'Oréal and Zong, took place on 27th April 2014 at the Golf Club of DHA Phase VIII in Karachi. The award ceremony was recorded and broadcasted on 24th May 2014. During the function, ARY group presented the ARY Film Awards (commonly known as AFA's) in 29 divisions and four special awards to appreciate the technical achievements, actors, and films of 2013.
The function televised in Pakistan became the most expensive event held till date. Actor Shaan Shahid was the emcee for the ceremony, while different portions co-hosted by Ayesha Omer, Sarwat Gilani, Fahad Mustafa and Hamza Ali Abbasi. During the ceremony, ARY conferred its special honorary recognition and honorary lifetime achievement award to entertainment and media personalities. 'Waar' bagged the maximum awards with thirteen including Viewers Choice-Best Director, Best Film award by Viewers and Best Director-Jury. Other awardees include 'Main Hoon Shahid Afridi' with seven awards, ''Zinda Bhaag' won five awards including the Best Film–Jury’s Choice and ' Josh', 'Ishq Khuda', ‘Chambaili' and 'Siyaah' with one.
The telecast amassed more than 15 million viewers in Pakistan. The nominees were announced on 9th April 2014 in categories of viewer’s choice for public's voting till 24th April, 2014 at the official website for the award programme. The remaining list of the categories were declared on 25th April, 2014. 'Zinda Bhaag' and 'Main Hoon Shahid Afridi' were fighting to clinch the title with maximum nominations of nineteen each. The winners were declared in the awards function on 27th April, 2014. It was televised on 24th May, 2014. Three films won many awards with 'Waar'clenching the highest number of awards of the night with thirteen awards out of sixteen nominations, 'Main Hoon Shahid Afridi' with seven awards including Jury’s choice Best Actor for ‘Humayun Saeed and Hamza Ali Abbasi won the Best Star Debut Male.
The third film with multiple trophies was 'Zinda Bhaag' snatching 5 titles including Jury’s Choice-Best Actress for Amna Ilyas and Mazhar Zaidi for Best Film Jury. Aeysha Khan and Hamza Ali Abbasi became the debutante AFAs performing winner to win for a debut film.The first film to win both leading Female and Male acting awards alongwith both Viewers Choice and Jury Choice in directing was 'Waar'. All the Acting and Film nominations were the zenith of awards. Hassan Waqas Rana and Bilal Lashari were the highest award winning actors with three and four trophies, respectively.
Shaan, Ayesha, Hamza and Humayun won with two trophies each. ARY Film Awards flags off the inauguration of celebration of new age Pakistani cinema by applauding industry technicians and artists, ARY Films and ARY Group CEO Jerjees Seja andchairman Salman Iqbaal announced the Film Awards in early 2014, observing at the super-hit 2013 filmy year and alliance of ARY Films with other projects. Salman Iqbal produced the award program spending a hefty sum of Rs 80 million, which made this program one of the most expensive events ever held.
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