Nigar Awards

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Nigar Awards
Negār Inʿāmaʿat
Current: 47th Nigar Awards
First awarded1957
Most recent Nigar Award winners
← 2001 28 February 2002 2017 →
Award Best Film Best Director
Winner Yeh Dil Aap Ka Huwa Javed Sheikh
(Yeh Dil Aap Ka Huwa)
Award Best Actor Best Actress
Winner Moammar Rana
(Yeh Dil Aap Ka Huwa)
Sana Nawaz
(Yeh Dil Aap Ka Huwa)
Award Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Winner Saleem Sheikh
(Yeh Dil Aap Ka Huwa)
Veena Malik
(Yeh Dil Aap Ka Huwa)

The Nigar Awards (Urdu: نگارانعامات, romanizedNegār Inʿāmaʿat, lit.'Picture Awards') were presented in an annual award show to recognize outstanding achievement in Pakistani cinema. The honors are awarded by Nigar Magazine founded in 1948. The Nigar Awards are Pakistan's version of the Academy Awards.[1][2]

The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists. The first Nigar Awards ceremony was held in 1957, to honor the accomplishments of Pakistani cinema for the year 1956.[1] In 2002, following the 46th Annual Nigar Awards, Nigar Magazine announced its discontinuation of the awards due to the collapse of the Pakistani cinema industry.[1]

After a 15-year hiatus, with the revival of Pakistani cinema, the 47th Nigar Awards were announced to be held on 16 March 2017 in Karachi.[2][3][4][5]


The Nigar Awards were introduced in 1957 by Ilyas Rashidi, also known as Baba-e-Filmi Sahafat (translation: The Father of Film Journalism) in Pakistan.[1][2] The award was an extension of the Nigar Magazine, which was also founded by Rashidi in 1948 and was Pakistan’s first weekly newspaper dedicated solely to Pakistani cinema. Ilyas Rashidi acquired experience in entertainment journalism through his association with Umer Azad (his older brother) and his daily newspaper Anjum, which had shifted its offices from Delhi to Karachi in 1947. Ilyas had been inspired by Filmfare magazine and thus purchased a children's magazine Monthly Nigar from his friend Ibne Hassan Nigar, and re-branded it as a weekly film magazine from Karachi. The first award distribution ceremony was held on 17 July 1957 at Evernew Studios in Lahore.[1][2]

Since 1979, the award administration also started to give Nigar Awards to television personalities and since 1982, to stage artists. The first TV personality to receive the award was Fatima Surayya Bajia who got a special award. Among stage artists, Furqan Haider and Moin Akhtar were the first to be honored with the award in the categories of best stage director and best stage compere respectively.[6]


Ilyas Rashidi had initially chosen the design of a lady statuette and the Nigar Awards continued with this award from 1957 to 1977. During the Islamic dictatorial rule of President General Zia-ul-Haq and his regime, the statue design was changed into a textual design. In 2017, the 47th Nigar Awards reverted to the original award design.[1]


Instead of the usual practice of envelope opening, the award committee prints the names of the winners on the back of the invitation cards that are sent to all invitees. This removes the charm of suspenseful moments for the attendees. Despite all this, the award committee has strict rules of only considering the candidacy of those films and television shows that are nominated for the awards and their copies are provided by the filmmakers or distributors to the Awards Committee of Nigar Awards. The Nigar Awards are also known for their impartial assessment and unbiased attitude as compared with other high-level awards in Pakistan for the public entertainment media. Another prominent factor of the awards is that, over time, various categories from both television and film industry that have been included to cover such subjects as Urdu, Punjabi and Pashto and Sindhi films.[1]


The Nigar Awards are divided into Urdu, Pashto, Punjabi and Sindhi sections, which each section having several categories:

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Muhammad Awais (28 April 2021). "Showtime: A Brief History of the Nigar Awards". YOULIN (magazine). Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Aijaz, Rahul (18 January 2017). "Nigar Awards set for a comeback after 15-year-long hiatus". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  3. ^ Salman, Peerzada (20 January 2017). "Nigar Awards to be held on March 16 – after 12 years". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Nigar Pakistani Film Awards: Prestigious Nigar Awards of Lollywood". Films and Movies website. 11 December 2012. Archived from the original on 3 September 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Return of the Nigar Awards". Newsline (magazine). 22 January 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  6. ^ Bhayani, Amin Sadar-ud-Deen (2000). "نگار ایوارڈز، سال بہ سال" [Nigar Awards, Year After Year (1957 - 1998)]. Nigar Weekly (in Urdu). Golden Jubilee Number: 287–301.