Momina Mustehsan’s Coke Studio gig: Of internalised misogyny and omnivorous ‘tharak’

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Coke Studio, like many other things in Pakistan, meets an overwhelmingly churned response roughly each time it airs. You’ll hear it everywhere we go, from cafes to taxis and everybody we accommodate will cruise a their county avocation as a unapproachable Pakistani to speak to we about their notation to notation research of each strain that gets featured.

This time around, one of a many talked about songs is ‘Afreen Afreen‘, a delivery of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan sahab’s strike by zero other than Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Momina Mustehsan. Momina who, we ask? Momina Mustehsan is a 23-year-old New York-based, Pakistani strain author and singer. She was co-writer and co-singer to Farhan Saeed’s unequivocally renouned ‘Pee Jaun’ though shot to relations celebrity when she sang playback for a rope Soch in a Bollywood film Ek Villian, on a strain called ‘Awaari‘. Oh and she’s a mathematician, no biggie.

Momina with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan on 'Coke Studio'Momina with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan on 'Coke Studio'

Momina Mustehsan with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan on ‘Coke Studio’

People haven’t unequivocally been means to digest Coke Studio’s ‘Afreen Afreen‘ and are constantly comparing it to a strange — that is humorous deliberation how Coke Studio covers customarily offer as tributes to a strange songs and not as an try to unseat or reinstate (as if anyone could reinstate Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan). Also, since is that even deliberate a problem when roughly each other play and film ‘borrows’ Khan sahab’s hits all a time (Dillagi and Dekh Magar Pyaar Sey, for instance)?

The problem seems to be zero other than Momina Mustehsan. Girls cruise her voice is “too squeaky” and her beauty “over rated” while a boys can’t unequivocally stop drooling over her grin prolonged adequate to delineate intelligent sentences. An operative and mathematician who can sing good adequate to be featured on Coke Studio, arguably a best song height in Pakistan, and we can’t stop articulate about how she looks.

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That’s what we do to smart, eccentric women. We omit all their tough work and accomplishments and revoke them to zero though a face. Women cruise them foe and lash out venomously while group can’t demeanour past their beauty prolonged adequate to admire them for a skills they have positively worked tough to develop.

Ladies, a participation of someone else’s beauty doesn’t meant a deficiency of your possess nor will acknowledging someone else’s accomplishments take anything divided from your success. Isn’t it time we start building other women adult instead of usually claiming to be feminists? From where we stand, lady on lady hatred is doing as many damage, if not more, to a feminist transformation than group hating on women. Because women not respecting women usually gives group another reason to stoop to misogyny.

Now to a illness that many hold ‘la-illaaj‘ though runs prevalent in a society: tharak.

1. If usually group saved these compliments for when girls indeed asked their opinion and responded with something other than ‘Mujhey kya pata in larkion ki cheezon ka‘.

2. You are an annoying…?

3. Aww issi liye toh laye they. All for you. Uski existence ka aur maqsad hee kya?

I acknowledge that Momina Mustehsan is gorgeous. we followed her on Instagram a day we initial saw her and each time she posts a picture, we find myself abrasive over everything, from her hair to her character though that in no approach means that we will ever let myself trust that her beauty is all she has to offer to a world.

When someone is singing, I’m flattering certain they’d conclude it if your feedback, both good and bad, focused on their singing initial and other things second.

Poondi aur chichorey comments ke liye Instagram hai na?

Oh and if you’re one of those singular people who unequivocally do hatred a cover usually since they cruise it’s an insult to a original, we have some news.

Here’s to acknowledging a bid people put in towards polishing their skills, no matter what they are, and meaningful a disproportion between appreciating beauty and objectification.

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