Coke Studio released their finale of the season yesterday. They brought Ahad Raza Mir and Momina Mustehsan to close the 11th season with the evergreen song, Koko Korina.
#KoKoKorina marks Ahad Raza Mir's debut as he comes together with Momina Mustehsan to re-create this foot tapping dance number from the 60's! #CokeStudio11Produced & Directed by Zohaib Kazi and Ali HamzaOriginal Lyrics by Masroor AnwarOriginally Composed by Sohail Rana for film 'Armaan' (1966) – Produced by Waheed Murad.Backing VocalistShahab HussainWajiha NaqviMehr Qadir HousebandBabar Khanna (Dholak)Kami Paul (Drums)Kamran “Mannu” Zafar (Bass)Omran “Momo” Shafique (Guitars)Rufus Shahzad (Keyboards)Additional InstrumentationHaniya Aslam (Guitalele)
Posted by Coke Studio on Thursday, October 18, 2018
Hold on, what? Koko Korina and these two? That’s what came in my mind since I’m not really a huge fan of Momina or Ahad, also, this is the actor’s first time singing! How could one hand him over such a classic? Anyway, keeping all the biasness aside I pressed the play button. In my head, the old Koko Korina tune was playing.
The first thing that caught my attention was that the emphasis was more on expressions, looks, dance, and attire rather than the quality of the singers’ voice. The male lead seems like he is talking instead of singing.
As soon as I hear “Koko Korina” I’m all ready to clap (force of habit) but to my dismay, there is no clapping after the first Koko Korina like whaaaaaaaaaaaat? Gradually the clapping comes in but then it is overshadowed by the music. By this time I’m fuming and even those two good looking on the screen cannot undo that anger.
Momina tries too hard to give out those cute expressions but she needs to accept the fact that acting is not her forte, even in her latest Coca Cola ad her expressions fail to impress. I completely understand it’s the 21st century and all about equality but can we please not do duos of songs which are originally sung solo? The music producers need to understand people like me who have heard the originals such productions just make us really sad, our young days are ruined and for the generations, before us, their childhood is ruined.
The unnecessary long music for lord knows what reason had to be added. We do not want to hear a minute long of that piano, guitar and drum vocals. When the song is not that long please do not stretch it for no reason at all.
Coke Studio needs to stop trying so hard. Ahad Raza Mir is a pretty face to look at and a fine actor but his voice is yet not up to the mark that we would want him re-creating the old tunes. The Coca Cola girl Momina Mustehsan seems to be still standing on the same line when her career started blooming with Afreen and she really needs to get out of her comfort zone!
To top it all they even changed the spelling from Koko to Ko Ko. Maybe the space between those “Ko” indicates the lack of justice done to the original track.
Here’s the original version for you.