In case you have not been living under a rock, you already know of Momina Mustehsan, the singer from Pakistan, who featured with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in Coke Studio. Their beautiful rendition to maestro, Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan’s Afreen Afreen, left many mesmerised, and the Internet found its new crush.
While we understand, she is absolutely gorgeous. There were many who found it utterly outrageous and misogynistic to focus on her beauty and not talk about her exceptional talent.
So we decided to catch up with Momina Mustehsan herself to get her reaction and find out more about the girl, the internet can’t stop gushing about.
“I live in New York and I recently finished my bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University, State University of New York. I double majored in Biomedical Engineering, and Applied Mathematics and Statistics. I’ve always been inclined towards music. I took up the Violin in Elementary school and taught myself the guitar. Growing up, I would record random covers and write music whenever I got a chance.”
On her singing debut in Bollywood.
“In 2014, I sang a song titled ‘Awari’ for a Bollywood movie ‘Ek Villain’. I had never faced the camera until Coke Studio and had no plans of pursuing music on a bigger level. Interestingly, life has its own plans and I ended up becoming the first artist to debut on Coke Studio with 3 songs in a season.”
Like most introverted people, she is embarrassed by all the attention!
“A lot of people asked me whether I was ecstatic that I had suddenly turned into the most talked about person in Pakistan, but to be honest, I actually felt extremely overwhelmed, stressed, and most of all, scared because I’m a reserved person by nature. It took me a while to digest what had happened and get less freaked out by the many selfies people want with me each time I step out of the house.”
She is more than just a pretty face!
“I think it’s sad that people judge your outward appearance more than what you’ve actually come to present. This doesn’t just happen to women, but also to men, and neither is good. If Coke Studio were a drama serial or a platform to showcase your physical appearance, or if I were an actress or a model, it might have made sense. My purpose of appearing on screen was only for the music I had to share with the audience.”