Momina Mustehsan's Coke Studio solo 'Beparwah' receives mixed reviews online

Momina Mustehsan's Coke Studio solo 'Beparwah' receives mixed reviews online

Despite the general praise it received online, the song struggled to amass the hype that 'Pasoori' and 'Tu Jhoom' did earlier.
08 Mar, 2022

Coke Studio recently dropped 'Beparwah' by Momina Mustehsan, the 10th song and the only solo to feature on season 14. The song received a decent amount of praise on social media, however, it struggled to amass the hype that predecessors like 'Pasoori' and 'Tu Jhoom' did.

'Beparwah' is Mustehsan's second song on season 14 after 'Sajan Das Na' featuring Atif Aslam and Mustehsan. It was released on March 7 on YouTube. The song has been composed by Soch the Band's Adnan Dhool and Rabi Ahmed and has been produced by Coke Studio's executive producer Xulfi and associate producer ActionZain.

According to Coke Studio, the song is an "intimate conversation", calling for protection from a higher power in a moment of crisis. On Coke Studio, calls to divinity have always been a feature. 'Beparwah' features delicate music arrangements and Mustehsan's soft voice pleading to the divine. Xulfi and ActionZain create the effect of the universe answering back with gusts of reverb and backup singers that sing like a heavenly chorus.

'Beparwah' received mixed reviews online. While some listeners expressed love for the song, for others it didn't do much.

"I don't know why but I liked this one. [The] lyrics were good [and] the last scene was mesmerising. [The] moonlight, starry night and Momina's voice!" read a tweet.

"Momina Mustehsan is here with another banger by Coke Studio," read another.

"'Beparwah' is such a soulful and amazing song, everything in it is just so magical," said one user.

"I don't know, it feels like this song should have been sung by someone else. I like Momina in general but this song could have been better," posted one user.

"Coke Studio x Momina Mustehesan — maza nai aya [I didn't like it]. Feels like I've heard this melody a million times before," tweeted another.

One user felt Mustehsan was "out of tune" in the song. "The song was not up to Coke Studio standards," they said,

Mustehsan's previous song with Aslam struggled to create a lot of fanfare as well. Many said they expected more from the collaboration. Some also questioned why the composer hadn't experimented more while others felt Young Stunners or Faris Shafi might have done justice to it.

What are your thoughts on 'Beparwah'?