Coke Studio recently dropped Momina Mustehsan’s ‘Beparwah’, the 10th song and only solo to feature in Season 14. The song received a decent amount of praise on social media, however, it struggled to amass the hype media than predecessors like ‘Pasoori’ and ‘Tu Jhoom’ did.
“Beparwah” is Mustehsan’s second song of Season 14 after “Sajan Das Na” featuring Atif Aslam and Mustehsan. It was released on March 7 on YouTube. The song was composed by Adnan Dhool and Rabi Ahmed of Soch the Band and 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 time of crisis. At Coke Studio, appeals to divinity have always been a feature. “Beparwah” features delicate musical arrangements and the soft voice of Mustehsan imploring the divine. Xulfi and ActionZain create the effect of the responding universe with bursts of reverb and backup vocalists singing like a celestial choir.
“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] the lyrics were good [and] the last scene was fascinating. [The] moonlight, starry night and the voice of Momina!” read a tweet.
“Momina Mustehsan is here with another banger from Coke Studio“, read another.
“‘Beparwah’ is such a moving and amazing song, everything about it is so magical,” one user said.
“I don’t know, I feel like this song should have been sung by someone else. I like Momina in general but this song could have been better,” one user posted.
“Coke Studio x Momina Mustehesan — maza nai aya [I didn’t like it]. I feel like I’ve heard this melody a million times before,” another tweeted.
One user felt that Mustehsan was “out of tune” in the song. “The song was not up to par Coke Studio standards,” they said,
Mustehsan’s previous song with Aslam also struggled to create much fanfare. Many said they expected more from the collaboration. Some also wondered why the composer didn’t experiment more while others thought Young Stunners or Faris Shafi might have done him justice.
What do you think of “Beparwah”?