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Munawar Faruqui is the winner of Kangana Ranaut’s show Lock Upp

Munawar Faruqui is the winner of Kangana Ranaut's show Lock Upp
Munawar Faruqui wins Lock Upp.

Munawar Faruqui wins Kangana’s show Lock Upp: Reality shows are the heart and soul of the Indian entertainment industry, whether it is a dance, singing, or other couple or game-based reality shows. These shows are a great way to learn the strategy of survival (through auditions, elimination, tasks, etc)  and gain fame and personality as an individual. These shows serve as the perfect opportunity for several people to step into the world of acting and entertainment.   

Formerly, many MTV-based shows such as Roadies, Love, School, and Splitsvilla have gained immense popularity and brought about some great faces to the field of entertainment and Media. 

Similarly, the reality show `Lock Upp’ hosted by well-known Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut gained immense popularity over the last couple of weeks. 

Several notable actors, singers, comedians, and TV stars took part in the show where they were chained and locked up in jails and made to compete against one another by asking questions and demanding truths. 

The show saw several contestants evicted for various reasons like Sana Khan, Ali Merchant, Nisha Rawal, etc…Eventually, the show ended the season with its grand finale on Saturday. 

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The season winner was none other than contestant Munawar Faruqui, who received the trophy as well as an estimated cash prize of between 5 and 25 lakhs, a Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, and a fully sponsored trip to Italy.

When Kangana announced Munawar as the first of the top three contestants, she also revealed that he received more than 18 lakh votes.

Munawar Faruqui is the winner of Kangana Ranaut's show Lock Upp
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Munawar appeared on the show just after his fiasco. He was imprisoned for a month last year for allegedly “insulting Hindu gods and goddesses” at one of his performances. Many of his gigs were canceled when he was released on bail. 

The comedian then stated in a statement that he was imprisoned for a joke he never delivered. He also implied that he had enough humor. “Nafrat jeet Gayi, artist haar Gaya,” says the artist (hate has won, the artist has lost). I’m finished; goodbye. “Injustice,” he wrote.

Before being part of the show the winner spoke to the team of and said that this show will help him come out of his comfort zone as a person. 


Karan Kundrra and his claimed lover Tejashwi Prakash also appeared as a jailer in this grand finale. At the same time, singer Badshah appeared as a guest on the show. This finale featured special performances. Kangana lit up the stage with her performance in this show. She performed a fantastic dance to the music from her film Dhaakad.’

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The show is the brainchild of producer Ekta Kapoor and the finale was streamed on ALTBalaji and MX player.  Earlier, The show was perceived as a streaming alternative to the popular show Bigg Boss, Yet Ekta quickly presented some distinguishing elements between the two series. 

In an interview with The Quint, she revealed she wished to de-clutter the reality show space, and who better to host than Kangana, who has herself de-cluttered Bollywood.

Written By

Sweta Choudhury is an Entertainment News Analyst and Content Writer at Empire Weekly. She is a journalism and mass communication student at Amity University, Noida.

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