|Full Name||Munawar Iqbal Faruqui|
|Profession(s)||Stand-up Comedian, Rapper|
|Known for||He is known for his fearless comedy, which led him to many controversies. He multiplied his fame during his time in Lock Upp and won the first season of the show in 2022.|
|Date of Birth||28 January 1992 (Tuesday)|
|Age||30 Years (as of 2022)|
|Hometown||Dongri, Mumbai, Maharashtra|
|Controversies||On 1st January, 2021, Munawar Faruqui was arrested by Madhya Pradesh Police for hurting religious sentiments of Hindus. |
Munawar had to cancel multiple shows in wake of Venue vandalism threats by Hindu right-wing outfits after his arrest.
Munawar Faruqui was born on 28th January 1992 in Junagadh, which is located in Gujarat. Since birth, he was born and brought up in an Indian Muslim family. While his parents nurtured him, he spent most of his time with his three siblings. In 2002, he and his family relocated to Mumbai due to unavoidable circumstances. They settled in Mumbai because their house in Gujarat was demolished due to the riots in the year 2002.
Later, when Munawar was the age of 17 years, he was compelled to take up a job because his father fell sick. During that period, he also became responsible for taking care of the marriages of his three sisters. While Munawar’s father was working as a driver, people were unaware of the occupation of his mother. But, when the stand-up comedian was young, his mother committed suicide due to conjugal instability.
As per various sources, Munawar is not yet married to a girl. However, when he was involved in a reality show with Kangana Raut as the host, he said he was married to a girl when he was young. He also has a child who is three years old. As time flew by, he had not lived with his wife for one and half years. Currently, he is not on good terms with his wife, and he has applied for divorce at the court.
Munawar Faruqui’s Education
While Munawar used to attend school, he used to work at a utensil store. He also worked as a salesman for a certain period to meet his household expenses. Besides, he also learned computer programming during the night when he was a working professional. He also pursued his Bachelor’s degree from a reputed college and a course in Graphics Designing.
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters: 175 cm|
in meters: 1.75 m
in feet & inches: 5’ 9”
|Weight||in kilogram- 75 kg (as of 2022)|
in pounds: 165 lbs (as of 2022)
|Hair Colour||Dark Brown|
Career and Awards
- He was announced winner of Comic Kaun 4.0 by Pizza Burst (2018)
- He was announced winner of Open Mic at the Synergy Fest (2018)
- He was announced winner of Lock Upp Season 1 (2022)
Soon after completing a course in Graphics designing, Munawar started working with a company. But, while he was working, he liked to crack jokes and make people laugh. But, being a stand-up comedian sprung up into his mind only because of an incident. When Munawar continued with a menial job, he had attended a shoot of an advertisement. At that time, the producers were falling short of characters for the stand-up comedy scene. Hence, they insisted on Munawar go on stage and present a few lines in his style. While Munawar was presenting the lines, he built up confidence and decided to pace ahead as a stand-up comedian. Moreover, with the advent of numerous over-the-top (OTT) platforms in 2017, he became aware of how he could improve his skills. Through the years, he also acquired knowledge regarding art direction and graphics designing.
As soon as he decided to become a stand-up comedian, Munawar started performing at venues which used to host open mics. Even when his family was fine with what Munawar wished to pursue, they considered stand-up comedy as “time pass”. But, when people started appreciating his performances onstage, his family realized that Munawar had considered being a professional comedian.
Relationships & More
Munawar Faruqui Family
|Wife/Spouse||Name Not Known|
Note: In one of the episode of Lock Upp 2022, a reality show hosted by Kangana Ranaut, Munawar revealed that he was married and had a child.
|Parents||Father: Iqbal Faruqui|
Mother: Name not known
Note: His father is known to be a driver while is mother was a housewife. In one of the episodes of Lock Upp, Munawar revealed that her mother committed suicide.
Munawar three sisters and one of them is named Shabana.
Name of other two sisters are unknown
|Children||1 Child (Name not Known)|
More About Munawar
|Bike Collection||Munawar owns a stunning KTM RC 200. He was seen driving a shiny BMW after his LockUpp 2022 win. A few days after the win, he was spotted with a new bike, Jawa Class Legends.|
|Salary (approx.)||Munaar reportedly earns Rs. 1.5 lakh per comedy show. He also makes money from his Instagram account.|
Munawar Faruqui’s Accomplishments
Since the start of his career, Munawar has earned many awards and has always been known for his accomplishments.
- In 2018, Munawar won the first prize in the show Comic Kaun 4.0 and the Open Mic at the Synergy Fest.
- Later, in 2019, the stand-up comedian performed a one-hour long show, “Dodh Dahyo
- As the stand-comedian also loves to sing, he uploaded a song, ‘The Chowkidar’ in February 2020. But, his love for singing didn’t end at that instance. During the COVID-19 lockdown, the young boy also launched his first official video, ‘Jawab’ in August 2020.
- After a few months, Munawar embarked on a ‘Dongri to Nowhere’ tour. He entertained many individuals with his performances when he travelled to many cities across India in October 2020. But, due to a controversy, the tour didn’t continue ahead.
- With the lapse of a certain period, Munawar made his debut for a hip-hop song, “Aazmaish”, in March 2021.
- In addition to the YouTube Channel created in 2020, Munawar also launched another channel in 2021. This channel was named ‘Munawar Faruqui 2.0’ and was used for live streaming.
Munawar Faruqui’s Controversies
- In April 2020, Munawar ended up in controversy soon after his YouTube video gained popularity. While making the viewers laugh through his jokes, he was observed making fun of Ram and Sita in the Ramayana. Moreover, he had also cracked jokes related to the Godhra massacre, which took place in 2002. He also associated the massacre with a fictional film Amit Shah had directed in the past through the video. With this in mind, the former Shiv Sena member, Ramesh Solanki and a Hindutva Activist filed a complaint against him in Mumbai. After a certain period, Munawar had to face many negative reactions on Twitter. The social media platform was flooded with many tweets with the hashtag “#ArrestMunawarFaruqui.” But, even when people were against him, Munawar was sorry about hurting the sentiments of the Hindus.
- On 1st January 2021, Munawar was arrested during a show held in Indore. While he was performing with a group of comedians, it was observed that he was passing indecent remarks regarding Hindu idols. He was also making fun of Amit Shah, who was the Union Home Minister of India. As soon as the chief of the Hindutva Group, Eklavya Singh Gaur, filed a complaint, he shared his experience with the reporters. He said that while watching the show, he observed Munawar insulting the Hindu idols in front of the audience. In those instances, the stand-up comedian also mocked Amit Shah by associating his name with the Godhra riots. But, when people couldn’t control their laughter, Mr Gaur shot a video and insisted on stopping the show immediately. The police later rushed in and caught the comedians and the organizers and took them to the Tukoganj police station.
- A few days later after the arrest, many individuals saw a video regarding the fight between Munawar and Mr Gaur. The footage depicted that Mr Gaur was accusing Munawar of hurting the sentiments of the Hindus. But, even when the video went viral, the stand-up comedian stayed calm for some time. He told the police that nobody had captured his performance through a video. Later, the inspector, Kamlesh Sharma, said that the police had not found any video that could support the accusations made against Munawar. As soon as individuals came across the inspector’s statement, many comedians rose up to be supportive of Munawar. They also started criticizing the arrest and that Munawar was kept in prison. However, Munawar was released from prison on bail in the month of February.
- As the year moved ahead, Munawar’s Bengaluru show was cancelled in November 2021. The police told the organizers that they must not move ahead with the show because of law and order issues. With this happening at those moments, Munawar thought about not performing forever in front of an audience. As soon as he decided to quit, he posted a line on social media. People who came across the line, “Nafrat jeet gayi, artist haar gaya”, immediately thought that they would not be able to view Munawar performing anytime again on the stage.
- During December 2021, the comedian was not allowed to perform for the three day festival in Gurgaon. The entire panel came up with the decision after they received many messages opposing Munawar’s participation. Subsequently, many individuals filed a police complaint against the comedian on 7th December 2021. According to BJP’s IT department head in Haryana, the complaint was filed because Munawar was insulting the Hindu gods and goddesses.
Munawar Faruqui’s Net Worth
Presently, Munawar is leading a luxurious lifestyle and is earning a lot through his shows. The young boy makes between 1.5 and 2.5 lakh for every performance. Additionally, he also earns pretty well through his videos on YouTube. As people enjoyed watching his videos, his videos went viral. So, he was able to earn lakhs of rupees. This year, he earned around three lakhs every week while he was present in the reality shows on Alt Balaji and MX player. As far as his net worth is concerned, it is estimated to be Rs. 2 crore.
Munawar Faruqui’s Personality
When you observe Munawar Faruqui for the first time, he appears to be very fashionable. He always boasts an elegant personality with a weight of 75 kg and a height of around 5 feet 8 inches. While his hair is dark brown in colour, he has a light skin complexion. Most of the time, he likes wearing casual outfits whenever he is about to perform onstage.
Munawar Faruqui’s Lifestyle
For many years, Munawar has been leading a luxurious and healthy lifestyle. While he owns a lavish home, he has adorned every room with eye-pleasing pictures. Furthermore, he likes to step out to shop at the most popular shopping arcades. If you come across Munawar in the city, you will observe him riding KTM RC 200 or Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. He also likes to visit the gym for workouts whenever he has ample time.
Mr Faruqui’s Hobbies
Munawar loves writing poetries whenever he is not engaged with any work. If you visit his Instagram page, you will learn more about his writing style. Even when he was in prison for quite some time, he thought of writing a stand-up comedy script regarding the arrest. But, though he has developed his skills in writing, he has not thought about writing a book. Apart from writing, Munawar likes to sing songs and travel to many destinations. Some of his songs are Jawab, Khwahish, Dogle, Ibadat, and Nagpada Ka Rider. Munawar has also worked closely with Spectra Music to present the song Dus Lakh. Besides writing and singing, Munawar also likes to play many games.
Unusual Facts about Munawar Faruqui
- While Munawar was working as a graphics designer with a reputed firm, he developed a knack for coming up with one-liners for posters.
- You can think that this stand-up comedian doesn’t indulge in bad habits. But, on certain occasions, you will come across Munawar smoking hookah.
- When Munawar was a child, he faced a tough phase due to sexual abuse for 4 to 5 years.
- Munawar now owns a luxurious house, and he has set aside a room exclusively for keeping the gifts that he receives from his fans.
- Due to millions of subscribers to his YouTube Channel, Munawar had earned a silver and golden Play button.
- Interestingly, Munawar had written the lyrics of the song, ‘Aazmaish’ within two days.
- After creating a YouTube channel in 2010, Munawar didn’t post any videos immediately. Instead, his first video went viral only on 25th January 2020. Consequently, he launched another channel by the name “Munawar Faruqui 2.0” in the year 2021.
- Munawar always likes to watch cricket, and he always likes the way Virat Kohli plays during cricket matches.
- With immense response to his videos, Munawar thought of offering many personalized videos to his fans. If you want to check out the videos, you must go through the website, www.tring.co.in.
- Till today, Munawar has always been active on numerous social media platforms. When you glimpse through his Instagram page, you will find that the comedian has more than 1 million followers. But, if you go through his Facebook and Twitter pages, he has more than 142k and 145k followers, respectively.
- Soon after his release from jail, Munawar had to cancel 16 shows one after the other. He had discontinued presenting himself as a comedian because he used to receive many threatening calls and messages.
- This year, when Munawar was one of the ‘Lock Upp’ participants, he was declared the second finalist. Soon after the news, his fans started posting on social media and surprisingly, there were 2 million tweets with the hashtag, ‘Munawar for the Win’.
FAQs Regarding Munawar Faruqui
On a concluding note, Munawar has always won people’s hearts through his jokes. He has also got opportunities to unleash his talent through rap songs posted online. Throughout his career, the stand-up comedian has always been popular among people. But, as he cracked jokes on Hindu deities, many organizers stopped calling him for shows. Munawar also had to go through a rough period when 12 of his shows were cancelled within two months.