Munawar Faruqui

Munawar Iqbal Faruqui (born 28 January 1992[1]) is an Indian stand-up comedian and rapper.[4] In 2022 he appeared as a contestant on Kangana Ranaut's reality television show Lock Upp Season 1 and emerged as the winner of the show.

Munawar Faruqui
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Faruqui in September 2022
Birth nameMunawar Iqbal Faruqui
Born (1993-01-28) 28 January 1993 (age 30)[1]
Junagadh, Gujarat, India[2]
MediumStand-up comedy
Years active2018–present
YouTube information
Years active2018–present
  • Comedy
Subscribers3.83 million[3]
Total views262.15 million[3]
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers

Last updated: 17 March 2023

Early lifeEdit

Faruqui was born in Junagadh, Gujarat,[5][6] on 28 January 1992 to an Indian Muslim family.[7] His family moved to Mumbai after his home was destroyed during the 2002 communal riots of Gujarat and his mother died soon after, when he was 16 year old.[2]

At the age of 17, he was compelled to work for his family when his father fell sick. He worked at a utensil store while attending school.[8][9]

In his early twenties, he worked as a graphic designer. In 2017, when various OTT platforms were introducing in India he became aware of comedy and he began working as a comedian.[10][8]


In April 2020, he uploaded a standup comedy video named "Dawood, Yamraaj & Aurat" on his channel, which earned him, his initial stardom.[11] He released his debut song "Jawab" in collaboration with an Indian musician Spectra in August 2020.

In 28 Feb 2021, he uploaded a standup comedy video named "Ghost Story" on his YouTube Channel.[12]

In 2022 he became a contestant on Kangana Ranaut's reality television show Lock Upp.[13][14] On 8 May 2022 he was declared the show's winner.[15]

Legal issuesEdit

2021 arrestEdit

Faruqui was on his tour where he was performing comedy in different cities of India. On 1 January 2021, he performed a stand-up show at Munro Cafe in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, which was interrupted by Eklavya Singh Gaur, son of BJP MLA Malini Gaur[16] accusing him of making malicious jokes about Hindu deities and the Minister of Home Affairs of India, Amit Shah.[17] On 2 January, he was arrested by Madhya Pradesh Police in the midst of his comic act, stating that he was arrested under the Hate speech laws in India.[18] The police however, had no evidence against Munawar, still arrested him.[19]

His arrest was heavily criticised for not respecting a comedian's freedom of speech, including by a joint initiative of the global Indian diaspora on 2 February 2021, that said a group of South Asian American stand-up comedians will perform a virtual comedy show on 6 February 2021 to show their solidarity with jailed Faruqui.[20] He was subsequently granted bail by the Supreme Court of India.[21]

He received marked criticism for his actions, which were seen by some as being insulting of the religious beliefs of Hindus.



Year Title Role Notes
2019 Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala Roast Comic
2022 Lock Upp (Season 1) Contestant Winner


Year Track Co-artist Notes Ref.
2020 "Jawab" Spectra [22]
"Nagpada Ka Rider" Spectra [23][24]
2021 "Aazmaish" Nazz [7][25]
"Dus Lakh" Spectra [26][citation needed]
"Hunarat" [27][28]
"Khwahish" DRJ Sohail [29]
2022 "Kalandar" Farhan Khan [30]
"Khamoshi" Farhan Khan [31]
"Kaamil" [32]
"Halki Si Barsaat" Nazila [33]


  1. ^ a b "Working in a utensil store for Rs 60 per day, doing odd jobs to make ends meet; lesser known facts of Lock Upp contestant Munawar Faruqui". The Times of India. 12 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b Sirur, Simrin (24 January 2021). "From Dongri to MP jail — comic Munawar Faruqui's life is rife with humour, hustle & tragedy". ThePrint. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  3. ^ a b "About Munawar Faruqui". YouTube.
  4. ^ "Watch: Comic Munawar Faruqui teams up with musician Nazz for hip-hop song based on his own life". Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Who is Munawar Faruqui? Why was he arrested?". Hindustan Times. 5 February 2021. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Everything you need to know about Munawar Faruqi". The Indian Express. 4 January 2021. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  7. ^ a b Nainar, Nahla (2 June 2021). "Laughter challenger: Munawar Faruqui finds humour in life against all odds". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  8. ^ a b Faleiro, Sonia (10 February 2021). "How An Indian Stand Up Comic Found Himself Arrested for a Joke He Didn't Tell". Time. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  9. ^ Taskin, Bismee (26 February 2021). "Political hate has engulfed everyone on internet — Munawar Faruqui on safe jokes & jail trauma". The Print. Retrieved 5 June 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ M.N., Parth; Bengali, Shashank (5 February 2021). "The young Indian stand-up who went to jail for a joke he didn't tell". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  11. ^ "10 Best Munawar Faruqui Stand Up Comedy Videos". Stand Up Comedy. 3 February 2022.
  12. ^ Scroll Staff. "Watch: Comedian Munawar Faruqui's ghost story entertains viewers in this new stand-up video".
  13. ^ "Munawar Faruqui's Latest 'Collab' Is With Kangana Ranaut For Her Reality Show Lock Upp!". Koimoi. 22 February 2022. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  14. ^ "Comedian Munawar Faruqui is the second contestant in Kangana Ranaut's reality show 'Lock Upp". Bollywood Hungama. 22 February 2022.
  15. ^ "Munawar Faruqui wins Lock Upp season 1, Payal Rohatgi is first runner-up". Hindustan Times. 8 May 2022.
  16. ^ "Eklavya Singh Gaur, The Complainant In Munawar Faruqui Case, May Make A Political Career Out Of It". Outlook India. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  17. ^ "Why comedian Munawar Faruqui was arrested: A timeline". Hindustan Times. 28 January 2021. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  18. ^ Iyer, Aishwarya S. (22 January 2021). "Hardworking, Kind, A Friend: Munawar Faruqui Beyond The Headlines". TheQuint. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  19. ^ thewire staff. "Police Say No Evidence Against Munawar Faruqui, Yet Press for Bail Plea Rejection". The Wire. Retrieved 26 March 2022.
  20. ^ "South Asian American stand-up comedians to perform in support of Munawar Faruqui". Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  21. ^ "Munawar Faruqui released on bail after late-night call from top court judge". The Indian Express. 7 February 2021. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  22. ^ "Jawab Lyrics - Munawar Faruqui".
  23. ^ Nagpada Ka Rider, 6 December 2020, retrieved 5 June 2021
  24. ^ "We Spoke with the Indian Comedian Who Was Arrested for Jokes He Didn't Crack". VICE. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  25. ^ "Aazmaish by Munawar Faruqui Lyrics | Insane Lyrics". 23 March 2021.
  26. ^ Kaamil | Munawar | Prod by Shawie | Official Music Video | 2022, retrieved 20 August 2022
  27. ^ "Hunarat". Spotify. 28 July 2021.
  28. ^ "Munawar - Hunarat (Official Music Video) Prod By DRJ Sohail". YouTube.
  29. ^ "Khwahish - Lyrics : Munawar Faruqui - AsliHipHop". 18 November 2021. Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  30. ^ "Kalandar Lyrics – Munawar Faruqui x Farhan Khan". LyricsWrite. 26 January 2022. Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  31. ^ "khamoshi". Shazam.
  32. ^ Kaamil | Munawar | Prod by Shawie | Official Music Video | 2022, retrieved 20 August 2022
  33. ^ "Halki Si Barsaat: Munawar Faruqui-girlfriend Nazila's sweet romance will leave you with a smile". The Indian Express. 8 June 2022. Retrieved 8 July 2022.

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