Momina Mustehsan – Rise To Stardom With Afreen Afreen
Remember when Momina Mustehsan took the internet by storm after her debut in Coke Studio with none other than Rahat Fateh Ali Khan? She rose to fame overnight, but now there’s no stopping this girl – she’s on a roll.
Momina is an engineer, mathematician, musician, and an ambassador for Islamabad United. She left people bewitched soon after her debut with her ethereal looks and mesmerizing voice.
It has only been a while but Momina has had a fruitful and exciting music career so far. Momina also once revealed that she was offered some acting roles too, but she refused to accept them saying she’s not the cut out for it.
So, how did a young woman who only looked at singing as a passion, and not a profession ended up being an overnight star?
How did a woman who would only cover songs from her dorm ended up debuting in the biggest singing show of Pakistan with none other than Rahat Fateh Ali Khan?
All the Things You Need to Know About Momina Mustehsan
Today, we peak into the life of Momina Mustehsan, and bring you all you want to know about her – from her personal life to her success in Coke Studio Pakistan.
Momina Mustehsan Childhood
Momina was raised in a military family with her two brothers. Before moving to the United States for her higher studies, Momina Mustehsan went to Lahore Grammar School for her early education. At the United States, she perused her mathematics degree from Stony Brook University.
Momina Mustehsan’s Age
Born on the 5th September 1992 in Quetta, Momina Mustehsan is just 25 years old. At such a young age, Momina was featured in BBC’s list of 100 Most Influential Women for the year 2017.
Momina Mustehsan Family
Born in a military family, Momina Mustehsan’s father is a retired brigadier, and a recipient of Sitara-e-Imtiaz, while her mother is a doctor by profession. She has two brothers; Hashim Mustehsan is also a doctor by profession whereas Haider Mustehsan works at the United Nations.
Momina Mustehsan Songs
Despite having learnt violin at a very early age, Momina Mustehsan had her first formal encounter in the year 2004, when she covered Damien Rice’s “The Blower’s Daughter”. Later, she recorded a song “Sajna” at Junoon’s twentieth anniversary for their album Junoon 20.
In 2014, Momina recorded a song Awari with Pakistani band Soch that the band later used in the Indian film Ek Villain as well, but it was only after she made her debut in the Coke Studio that she rose to fame overnight.
Her first song Afreen Afreen broke all the previous records accumulating over 2.5 million views in a day, taking Momina to stardom many dream of. Later in 2017, Afreen Afreen became the fastest Pakistani video to mark 100 million views on Youtube leaving behind Atif Aslam’s “Tajdaar-e-Haram”
Momina Mustehsan also recorded a song with Asim Azhar called Tera Wo Pyar in Coke Studio. The song received good reviews as well, making Momina a successful debutant of Coke Studio. Other songs from her short Coke Studio career include Muntazir – a song she recorded with Danyal Zafar, and Ghoom Taana – a song Momina recorded with Irteassh.
All this fame earned Momina Mustehsan a massive following, and a dozen lucrative sponsorships ranging from beauty, to food.
Momina Mustehsan Controversies
Although Momina Mustehsan’s career has just begun, she has already found herself in a few controversies. The singer found herself in the middle of a twitter fued when she took side of Mahira Khan following the criticism on her viral pictures with Ranbir Kapoor. She stated in a tweet “Jesus. Can we please give Mahira Khan a break?! Why are we so quick to judge and attack?! Esp if it’s a woman in question. It’s her life!”
However, the statement didn’t sit well with most people including Humaima Malik who called out Momina on her double standards by posting a screenshot of Momina Mustehsan’s tweet regarding Qandeel Baloch where she lashed out on her saying Qandeel wasn’t the epitome of women empowerment.
Humaima Malik quoted by saying “Double Standards” She also pointed that “Selective Kindness is not kindness at all”
Momina Mustehsan Engagement
Right after Momina rose to fame; rumors were abuzz of her engagement to Ali Naqvi. However, the long-distance engagement couldn’t last and Momina Mustehsan soon announced that her engagement was called off. The Awaari singer took to Instagram to break this news to the world.
Momina Mustehsan As Islamabad United Ambassador
Momina Mustehsan not only was announced as the official goodwill ambassador of Islamabad United for the Pakistan Super League, she also sung the team anthem for the league as well. Momina was chosen for the specific role because of her contribution to different social issues, as per the statement issued by the Islamabad United owners.
However, the song titled Cricket Jorray Pakistan opened to mixed reviews from the audiences, especially the cricket fans. Momina is also the brand ambassador for the fizzy drinks brand Sprite and the international brand L’Oreal.
The Only Pakistani to Feature in BBC’S 100 Inspirational Women 2017
This rising star has also had the honor to be the only Pakistani to be featured in BBC’s 100 most inspirational women for the year 2017, along with some big names, and power women of the world. If you want to check out the list yourself, you can check it here.
Momina also sung a rendition of Qaseeda Burda Sharif for the show called Ittihad Ramazan in 2017 as well that went viral overnight. The Ramazan OST was a clear proof that in 2017, if anything, any role, any ad, any show has Momina Mustehsan in it, it WILL go viral. You can listen to the OST here:
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