Masala Awards 2017

My love for the Bollywood film industry has been turbulent all my life. I was blindly in love as a teenager with movies like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Mohobbatein and DDLJ. Then I got skeptical and too cool for school and shunned it for a while. Nowadays, I am having a Bollywood renaissance – I like GOOD movies and great stories … ones that are less filmi with more substance.

“Masala” is a Dubai based magazine that centers around Bollywood celebrity gossip, music, TV and local socialites. Every year they host “The Masala Awards” highlighting South Asian talent. This year the magazine compiled a “Hot 100″ list featuring successful people from a variety of fields in Dubai. Salman and I were both on the list; I was featured as an artist and he was listed as a successful comedian. Salman was also asked to co host the awards with comedic actor Boman Irani who is a legend in Bollywood. It was surreal to see Salman on stage and I might be biased, but I really thought he held his own really well and was confident, eloquent and witty throughout.



It was AMAZING seeing Pakistani actresses mingle with Bollywood stars. I met Mahira Khan who was glamorous, lovely and down to earth. Mawra Hocane’s outfit was quite spectacular and she was dressed for the Oscars.
I was totally starstruck that night because I got to see lots of celebrities in the flesh just walking around. My too cool for school attitude was history and suddenly my starstruck teenager persona made an appearance – ESPECIALLY when I met Arjun Rampal. I used to swoon over him while watching his movies on VHS. You can tell how giddy I am the below photo.



And here I am with my red velvet cupcake of a hubby!!! Salman rocked a velvet jacket created by Sartor Social and styled by Asif Somji. I loved it and couldn’t stop feeling the fabric. Move over, Arjun!

I brought my family along to the Masala Awards. My grandmother was totes loving the vibe!


The most fun was watching Govinda perform a medley of 90s catchy songs. Clearly, he’s still got it. You know who else has still got it? Sridevi! She still looks incredible and very classy. Here are some other photos from that night – all courtesy of ITP Publishing. Check it out!


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And last but not least – I created an illustration of the Pakistani beauties in their gowns at the Masala Awards. What a night!