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BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | October 3, 2012
GQ India honoured outstanding achievers of the year at the 4th GQ Men of the Year Awards in association with Chivas. Held at the Grand Hyatt Mumbai, the event themed ‘All that Jazz’ had a retro vibe that made everyone step back in time to the jazz age. The event saw celebrities dressed in Vintage Hollywood glamour as they cheered on the GQ Men of the Year 2012 winners from diverse genres like business, film, sports, literature, fashion and art.
The ceremony was hosted by the eloquent Rahul Bose, who was at his charming best. In line with the theme, the audience was treated to an outstanding show by London-based Chicago, The Musical, who performed on popular routines - All that Jazz, All I care about is love and Hot Honey Rag. Famed master mentalist, Lior Suchard dazzled the audience with his mind reading abilities, mesmerising performance and disarming sense of humour. Guests were later entertained by the band ‘The Other People’ at the after party.
The evening was marked by the presence of all the GQ Men of the Year 2012 winners including Anil Kapoor (Lifetime Achievement), Ajay Devgn (Cinematic Icon), Rahul Dravid (GQ Legend), Deepika Padukone (GQ Woman), Shahid Kapoor (Chivas Award for The Ultimate GQ Man), Anurag Kashyap (Director), Shekhar Kapur (Inspiration), Sushil Kumar (Sportsman), Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Breakthrough Talent), Rohit Bal (Designer), John Abraham (Most Stylish Man) Vikas Khanna (Chef) and Vidya Balan (Excellence) among others.
Apart from the winners, the evening saw Amitabh Bachchan, Kajol, Nargis Fakhri, Konkana Sen, Dia Mirza, Jacqueline Fernandez, Rahul Khanna, Siddharth Mallya, Jiah Khan, Kalki Koechlin, Esha Gupta, Sarah Jane Dias, Kabir Bedi, Mukul Deora, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mandira Bedi, Kamal Sidhu, Dino Morea, AD Singh, Laila Lamba, Shobhaa De, Shazahn Padamsee, Sameer Dattani, Poorna Jagannathan, Bikram Saluja, Schauna Chauhan, Sagarika Ghatge, Shibani Dandekar, Nina Manuel, Raghavendra Rathore, Prakash Jha, Anil and Sabina Chopra and Narendra Kumar to name a few.
On the occasion, Alex Kuruvilla, Managing Director, Condé Nast India, commented, "Amitabh Bachchan, John Travolta, Omar Abdullah, Sharukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Arnab Goswami…just a few of the 66 outstanding men who have won the previous GQ Men of the Year Awards. No wonder these have become the most coveted awards in the industry. Testimony to the power of GQ India.”
Che Kurrien, Editor, GQ India, shared his insights on the event. He said, “The GQ Men of the Year Awards stand for power, authority, and style — and this year, we've added vintage Hollywood glamour to the mix. Our winners are a mix of business and media leaders, actors and sportsmen, thinkers and artists – in other words, India's most accomplished men.”
GQ Men of the Year 2012 brought together partnership with leading luxury brands – Chivas, Chopard, The Collective, Grand Hyatt, Broadview and Star World.
Commenting on the association, Bikram Basu, Vice President, Marketing, Pernod Ricard India shared, “Chivas Regal celebrates success of gentlemen. It’s about a brotherhood of outstanding men who have achieved and contributed in their chosen field. The Chivas association with GQ Men of the Year, now in its 4th year in India, is a moment to honour people who live these values.”
Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Chopard Co-President said, “Chopard is pleased to be a partner of the GQ Men of the Year Awards for the second time. As a high end watch and jewellery brand we value excellence and tradition as much as passion and it is an honor for us to celebrate inspirational men and outstanding women with GQ India this year again.”
Shital Mehta, COO - International Brands said, "The Collective aims at being a Fashion Authority in India and the only like minded partner that comes close to our vision is GQ. GQ Men of the Year Awards is absolutely the right platform to give wings to our vision. This is the second time we are associating with this event and this time our collaboration has been more holistic. We are also using this platform to spread awareness about our co-owned property MAN ABOUT TOWN. MAT is a regular column in GQ that aims at being The Collective's voice on fashion emanating from a gentleman, who is just as our audience - one of great sensibility, style and observations."
David Mansfield, Area Director/General Manager, Grand Hyatt Mumbai stated, “We are honored that Grand Hyatt Mumbai is the preferred venue and lifestyle partner for the fourth successive year in hosting GQ Men of the Year awards together with globally-renowned publication house, Condé Nast India; synonymous with luxury, travel and lifestyle. We at Grand Hyatt Mumbai are committed in providing authentic hospitality and an experience unparalleled in India to our guests.”
Across the world, GQ Men of the Year are considered extremely prestigious and conferred to some of the most stylish personalities and significant achievers. International winners include the likes of Barack Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bill Clinton, Michael Caine and Gordon Ramsay. Last year, GQ India’s winners included Shahrukh Khan, Farhan Akhtar, A.R. Rahman, Imran Khan, Yuvraj Singh and Frieda Pinto among others.
GQ MEN OF THE YEAR WINNERS, 2012