While Coke Studio has been producing innumerable mesmerising songs over the last eight seasons, the second episode of the ninth season, featuring singers Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Momina Mustehsan, recreating legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Afreen Afreen, has stolen many a heart.
Soon after it was made public on social media platforms, the Coke Studio cover of the song went viral. Since August 19, when it was uploaded on Youtube, it has amassed over 2,739,734 views till date.
While a lot of fans enjoyed the recreation of the old song and loved Rahat's version of it, some criticised the singers for giving it a Bollywood touch.
In fact, the original song had no female singer, but the recreated version included Mustehsan, who gave an innovative touch to the song.
While the essence of the original track portrays the lover talking to himself, the Coke Studio version showcases it as a song praising the beauty of a girl with the listeners as its point of focus.
Also, the recreated version skipped the most beautiful verse of the song and listeners didn't quite like it.
Well I didn't like this 'Afreen Afreen' coke studio version..they missed the most beautiful verse:Ankhain dekhien tau mein dekhta reh gya..— Rabia (@rabiabashir21) August 22, 2016
Some listeners who were unhappy with the cover said there was no scope of improvement in classics and that people shouldn't try recreating the work of geniuses.
I just love Coke Studio's Afreen Afreen song because of Momina Mustehsan. 😜— Junaid Ahmed (@Junaid_ahmed_) August 23, 2016
A hugeeee fan of Coke Studio but what did they just do with Afreen Afreen? Awful. Bollywood chic flick ka gaana lag raha hai.— Soha Naveed (@SohaTazz) August 19, 2016
Coke Studio's Afreen Afreen sounds more like a cheap Indian movie song.. It isn't supposed to sound like that. I hate them for ruining it. 😣— A. (@ATweets_) August 19, 2016
One such Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan fan who did not agree with Rahat's version, and wasn't happy with the cover missing the most scintillating verse of the song, created a new version all by himself.
A self-taught singer in Pakistan, Abdullah Qureshi made his own version and posted it on Facebook on August 21. He wrote, “Sorry Coke Studio, but you missed the most beautiful verse of the song, so I couldn’t stop myself from singing it. No comparisons please. Khan Saab will always be the King!”
The song has received over 1.3 million views in just 4 days. Qureshi was praised by social media users for an awesome attempt. A lot of users didn't like him being compared with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, but Qureshi reiterated what he had already mentioned in the caption: "Khan Saab will always be the King!"
We leave it for you to decide whose version you like more. Here's Coke Studio's cover of Afreen Afreen.