So the second episode of Coke Studio season 9 came out with a remake of one of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan‘s best pieces of music “Afreen Afreen”, written by Javed Akhtar. Attempting a remake of Ustaad’s one of the best songs is never a comfortable or easy task but Faakhir surprisingly pulled it off really well and the results were quite different in everyone’s opinions. The song was performed by Nusrat’s successor Rahat Fateh Ali Khan himself and Momina Mustehsan.
Here is what Twitter had to say about it
First of all forget the song. They all talked about Momina Mustehsan.
1. If it gets views it will be because of her
Going to watch the Afreen Afreen video again because damnnn….Momina's so pretty.
— Mahnoor Ahmed (@MahnooriAhmed) August 19, 2016
2. And suddenly everyone is in love with her
She is just so cute.
After yesterday's Afreen song , Momina Mustehsan has become "Oye Bhabhi ha teri" of half of the population
— Mark ZingerBurger? (@FBkaBaap) August 20, 2016
3. Looked like Rahat sang it for her
Chehra ik phool ki tarha shadaab hai
Chehra uska hai ya koi mahtaab hai❤ pic.twitter.com/vov2iBRZzz
— Rana Talha Asfar (@RTAluvzAfridi) August 20, 2016
Alright enough with drooling over Momina, let’s talk about the reviews.
Fine lets drool a little more with the truth though
The only good thing about Coke Studio's Afreen Afreen is Momina Mustehsan's smile.
— Rana Talha Asfar (@RTAluvzAfridi) August 19, 2016
The song didn’t really receive a complete negative feedback. Some people where nice enough to appreciate the efforts.
1. Nobody can be compared to NFAK
Keep that in mind and enjoy.
2. Some people were hooked to it
Okay maybe she is being too nice, it never had the repeat factor.
OMG Afreen Afreen is another level of mind blowing. Keeps you hooked till the last beat! #cokestudioseason9
— Nugget junkie (@AminaMazhar93) August 19, 2016
3. STOP OVERREACTING
Coke studio ka afreen afreen is not that bad guys. Stop overreacting!
— Hafsa Khalid (@OhTeriKhair) August 19, 2016
4. He is just in love with Momina
What a beautiful redemption to Afreen Afreen.
Rahat has done justice with it and Momina Muhtehsan's beautiful voice was cherry on the top.
— Ibrar (@IbrarIbrahim) August 19, 2016
1. Bollywood feels were real
A hugeeee fan of Coke Studio but what did they just do with Afreen Afreen? Awful. Bollywood chic flick ka gaana lag raha hai.
— ajeeb kashmakash hai (@SohaTazz) August 19, 2016
completely destroyed Afreen song, such bollywoodish feels to it yuck
— س (@scatterbrrained) August 19, 2016
Afreen Afreen is so bad that it's trending
— عادل (@aurAdil) August 19, 2016
3. Rahat got hate too
Twitter doesn’t spare anyone.
4. Some blamed Faakhir
Faakhir was the music director of the song.
Afreen Afreen was arranged by Fakhir. Yehi hona tha phir gaanay ke saath. Minminmin music.
— Mahwash Ajaz (@mahwashajaz_) August 20, 2016
Maybe Coke Studio tries experimenting too much rather than keeping it simple.
Sorry Coke Studio but Abdullah Qureshi's cover of Afreen Afreen is way better than that of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Momina Mustehsan
— Shazia’s Dottuh (@maryamful) August 20, 2016
But Rahat got some appreciation as well
Like uncle like nephew.
Rahat Fateh has done a good job copying his uncle NFAK sahab. And I'm only talking about the size here.
— کاظمی (@HaayeShabbir) August 19, 2016
But it in the end all it can be said is that yes Coke Studio tried remaking it and it was a good attempt. Nobody can match NFAK and people should listen to Coke Studio without keeping the original in mind.
But then again, do what you want Coke Studio. LEAVE NUSRAT ALONE.
This should be in the constitution that no one is allowed to mess with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's Qawwalis.
— Shumail (@Shumyl) August 19, 2016