GQ India celebrates 7th anniversary with Men of the Year Awards 2015
GQ India celebrated its seventh anniversary with the annual Men of The Year Awards in association with Chivas Studio, at the Grand Hyatt, Mumbai, today. Glamourous and cool, the star studded awards stayed true to the futuristic ‘Wired’ theme highlighting the online, digitally connected world we live in. As every year, GQ India honoured accomplished men, for their contribution to diverse genres like business, film, sport, fashion and art.
The evening was marked by the presence of GQ Men of the Year 2015 winners including Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Leander Paes, Rahul Bose, Rajkumar Hirani, Rohit Sharma, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, and Shahid Kapoor.
Among other glitterati present were well-known personalities like Lara Dutta, Dino Morea, Amy Jackson, Prateik Babbar, Sunil Chhetri, Ayushmann Khurrana, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Pernia Qureshi, Lisa Ray, Evelyn Sharma, Aditi Rao Hydari and Ranveer Brar.
Rounding off a ceremonious seventh year of the awards, marking the magazine’s seventh anniversary in India, Mr. Che Kurrien, Editor, GQ India commented, “This year’s theme is ‘Wired' — reflecting how the Digital Age affects how we live, work and play. Each of our accomplished winners has been shot within this theme, resulting in a sensational set of images and insights.”
The talented Cyrus Sahukar who played the host for the evening, left the audience in splits with his comic wit. He was later joined on stage by the stunning Aditi Rao Hydari, as the anchor for the philanthropy segment- a special segment of 3 awards introduced this year- Philanthropist of the Year, Agent of Social Change and Social Entrepreneur.
The entertainment was a customized track by the artists ‘Bit of Both’ featuring Bombay Djembe Folas –created specially for the event. The track that mixed new age DJ beats with the earthy sounds of drums and the djembe evolved during the event, with graphics created live to match the beats, and the audience joined in on drums to create an instant sound that captured the spirit of the event. Celebrations continued after the awards function at China House.
GQ Men of the Year 2015 in association with Chivas Studio brought together partnership with leading brands – American Express, The Woolmark Company, Grand Hyatt and Star World.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Kartik Mohindra, Business Head – International Brands, Pernod Ricard India, said “The association of GQ Men of the Year and Chivas, marks its 7th anniversary in India. With this association the two global brands continue to recognize gentlemen of caliber who have achieved remarkable success in their respective fields. This year we have included a new philanthropy segment by Chivas which awards an individual who has achieved success whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others and embodies the spirit of win the right way. ”
“The Woolmark Company is pleased to work alongside GQ India to highlight the benefits of Cool Wool in men’s fashion as part of the GQ Men of the Year,” added The Woolmark Company’s Managing Director, Stuart McCullough. "India continues to remain a very important market for Australian Merino wool as the fibre's inherent benefits, including breathability and moisture absorption, make it the perfect fibre for the country’s climate."
“GQ Men of the Year Awards is an exceptional platform that recognizes and rewards the most stylish, talented and successful men for their contribution to the society. The philosophy behind the awards and brand GQ in particular is in sync with our vision at American Express to be the most respected service brand in the country and we are delighted to be associated with them”, said Manoj Adlakha, Vice President & General Manager – Consumer & Merchant Services and CEO, American Express Banking Corp., India
Sunjae Sharma, General Manager – Grand Hyatt Mumbai and Area Director, West India – Hyatt International, said “We are delighted to celebrate another majestic season of GQ Men of The Year at our multidimensional complex in Mumbai. This event helps us bring to life the brand essence of delivering moments of more against a spectacular backdrop of theatrical experiences and grand celebrations. Look forward to a memorable association for years to come.”
Said the spokesperson at Star, “We at Star constantly strive to bring only the best and latest in English Entertainment to our viewers in India. It is with this zeal that we are bringing forth, the most anticipated thriller drama series - Quantico starring Priyanka Chopra. Our endeavor to do nothing but the best resonates very well with GQ who bring the GQ Men of the year awards year on year. We are extremely proud to be associated with a prestigious property like this and look forward to being associated for many more”
Across the world, GQ Men of the Year are considered remarkably esteemed and conferred upon some of the most stylish personalities and noteworthy achievers. Last year, GQ India’s winners included Kangana Ranaut, Priyanka Chopra, Tommy Hilfiger, Aditya Mittal, Prakash Padukone, Arjun Kapoor, Varun Dhawan among others.
GQ MEN OF THE YEAR 2015- WINNERS
DESIGNER OF THE YEAR: Sabyasachi Mukherjee
INSPIRATION AWARD (artist): Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR: Rohit Sharma
DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR: Rajkumar Hirani
CHEF OF THE YEAR: Gaggan Anand
GLOBAL INDIAN OF THE YEAR: Vivek Ranadivé
WOMAN OF THE YEAR: Deepika Padukone
BREAKTHROUGH TALENT AWARD: Sushant Singh Rajput
PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR: Rahul Bose
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR: Piyush Tewari
AGENT OF SOCIAL CHANGE: Madhav Chavan
SPORTING LEGEND: Leander Paes
ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Shahid Kapoor
ULTIMATE GQ MAN: Akshay Kumar
EXCELLENCE AWARD: Richa Chadda
BUSINESS LEGEND: Y C Deveshwar