Friday 17th April 2015 saw the 5th Annual Asian Awards take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London; to recognise and reward outstanding achievements across 11 categories. The Charity partner for the awards is Prince Charles, The British Asian Trust, which brings together, philanthropists, corporates, trusts and foundations that are passionate about giving to South Asia.
Fashion icon, Gok Wan hosted The Asian Awards, in partnership with the British Asian Trust, and saw an exclusive performance from the cast of Gurinder Chadha’s upcoming West End extravaganza, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM – The Musical. The event itself dazzled with an array of A-list celebrities, dignitaries and influencers, including Zayn Malik, Garry Liniker, the Hinduja Brothers, Naughty Boy, and Shah Rukh Khan.
Picking up the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, was Zayn Malik, who propelled to stardom with 1D (One Direction). Stepping out for the first time in public since his departure from 1D (One Direction) he boldly thanked the boys for everything they have done for him during his time with the group, whilst accepting his award. Collaborating on his next project with Naughty Boy, Zayn was seen laughing and giggling with the music producer during the auction on the night.
Bollywood icon, Shah Rukh Khan, won the Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award. With an illustrious career in Bollywood spanning decades, Shah Rukh has been a mover and influencer in the world of Indian film and cinema for generations.
Prolific Sri Lanakan batsman, Kumar Sangakkara, was awarded with the Outstanding Contribution to Sport award, presented by Gary Linekar and Danielle Linekar. the Hinduja Brothers were in attendance to receive the award for Business Leaders of the Year.
The coveted Founders Award was presented posthumously to Dr Amar Bose founder of Bose corporation for his remarkable contribution to technology. This was graciously collected by his daughter Maya Bose who flew in from California to receive the accolade.
Founders Awards: Dr Amar Bose
Entrepeneur Of the year: Jack Ma
Outstanding Achievement in cinema: Shah Rukh Khan
Chivas Regal Social Entrepeneur of the year: Gopi Gopalakrishnan
Outstanding Achievement in Sport: Kumar Sangakkara
Business Leaders of the year: The Hinduja Brothers
Outstanding achievement in Television: Sanjeev Bhaskar
Outstanding achievement in Art & Design: John Rocha
Outstanding achievement in Science and technology: Sir tender Singh Virdee
Outstanding Achievement in Music: Zayn Malik
From my perspective, it was a pleasure to be invited to capture some amazing moments from this years awards ceremony, which simply goes on from strength to strength. I met a host a old familiar faces from high school days Rishi Rich and Ameet Chana (great seeing you boys again!) through to new faces and characters such as Asha, Nazira, and Puja which we look forward to working with in the future. I’d like to thank Rahul Kahona for the invite to join his team as main photographers at the Awards and it was great capturing the media tent area directly in-house officially for the awards. I’d also like to thank Mohammed Naheem Ash for his behind the scenes videography which will be shared soon!
We would also like to congratulate Paul Sagoo and his whole team (Pedro, Puja, Asha, and everyone else) on delivering another phenomenal Asian Awards ceremony and we’re already look forward to seeing who will be gracing the doors of the Grosvenor House at next years awards!
A full gallery portfolio of the awards will be uploaded and made available in the upcoming few days! Watch this space.