Munawar Faruqui – Wiki, Biography, Height, Weight, Controversy, Career, Comedy, and More
Munawar Faruqui is an Indian standup comedian, born on 28 January 1992 in Junagadh, Gujarat, India. He is proficient in graphic design and art direction. His zodiac sign is Aquarius.
Weight – 60 kg (approximately)
Height – 5’9″ (in feet inches)
Hair Color – Brown
Eye Color – Brown
Munawar Faruqui belongs to a Muslim family based in Junagadh. His father was a driver. Faruqui has three sisters. One of his sisters’ names is Shabana. Due to the impact of the 2002 Gujarat riots, Munawar had to move to Dongri, Mumbai, India with his family.
Munawar Faruqui is married and he has a kid from his wife as well. The news was shared by Kangana while Munawar was on the sets of Lock Upp. However, he has separated from his wife. Munawar himself shared all the news once it was asked by the host of the show, Kangana Ranaut.
After winning the show and coming out of the Lock Upp set, Munawar even revealed that he has a girlfriend named Nazila Sitashi, who is a model and social media influencer.
a) Stand-Up Comedian
Munawar started working at the age of 17 after his father fell sick. To support his family financially, he started working at a utensil store as a salesman while he was studying in school. In his early 20s, he started working as a graphic designer. In 2017, while various OTT platforms were getting traction in India, Faruqui got to know about online stand-up comedy shows. While he was working as a graphic designer, he figured out that he was pretty good at creating funny one-liners for posters.
While he was present at the shooting of an advertisement, the makers asked him to work as one of the audience members (as they fell short of extras in the shooting). Munawar was then asked to say two lines on the stage (to act as one of the comedians), and that was the time, he realized that he should make his career as a stand-up comedian. In 2019, he did a PAN India tour with his special stand-up show ‘Dongri to Nowhere.’
He then started making stand-up comedy videos and uploaded them on his self-titled YouTube channel which gained immense popularity. His first video was ‘Politics in India, Instagram & Signboards,’ which has around 7.9 million views as of December 2021. Most of his comic videos are based on political satire especially criticizing the Narendra Modi government. His first ticketed show in Mumbai was in February 2020, which was the same month his father died.
His inspiration for rapping came from the famous Indian rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh. He was also inspired by the renowned American rappers Eminem and 50 Cent. Munawar has penned down the lyrics of various songs, which he has released on his YouTube channel. Though he is not a trained rapper, he has a keen interest in writing lyrics and rapping. His debut music video ‘Jawab,’ was released on 14 August 2020 amid the COVID-19 lockdown in India.
Awards and Achivements
1. Munawar is a winner of Comic Kaun 4.0 organized by Pizza Burst (2018).
2. Winner of Open Mic at the Synergy Fest (2018).
Munawar Faruqui receiving an award at the Synergy Fest
While he was performing a stand-up show at Munro Cafe in Indore, Madhya Pradesh on 1 January 2021, he was interrupted by Eklavya Singh Gaur, son of BJP MLA Malini Gaur and member of Hind Rakshak Sangathan for making malicious jokes about Hindu deities. He also accused Faruqui of criticizing the Indian Union Home Minister, Amit Shah. Munawar was then arrested by the Madhya Pradesh Police amidst the comic act. He was booked under numerous charges, such as Section 295-A, Section-298, Section-269, Section-188, and Section-34 of the Indian Penal Code. Munawar was jailed for almost a month for criticizing and insulting Hindu gods and goddesses. Although he was arrested, Gaur’s reaction was highly criticized by the audience present in the show for not respecting a comedian’s ‘Freedom of Speech.’ Faruqui was granted bail later by the Supreme Court of India.
In Munawar’s support, a group of South Asian American stand-up comedians, performed in a virtual comedy show on 6 February 2021 to showcase unanimity among standup comedians. Later, Munawar teamed with Indian musician Nazz for a hip-hop song, Aazmaish, which was based on his own life. The song was released in March 2021 and was centered around his arrest in Indore.
After the cancellation of 16 shows across India, Munawar performed in Mumbai at a show facilitated by the All India Professional’s Congress of Maharasthra in December 2021.
In 2022, Munawar was selected as one of the contestants for the TV reality show, Lock Upp. The show aired on 27 February 2022 on the OTT platform, MX Player.
Munawar Faruqui wins ‘Lock Upp’ hosted by Kangana Ranaut and has won Rs. 20 Lakh as prize money and a car.
This is a very symbolic trophy. Munawar Faruqui is the one who deserves the trophy of Lock Upp Season 1, ” said Kangana Ranaut while giving the trophy to Faruqui.
Interesting Facts About Munawar Faruqui
1. Munawar Faruqui is one of the controversial stand-up comedians in India.
2. He also runs a YouTube channel and has more than 1.61 million subscribers as of December 2021.
3. In July 2019, he did his first one-hour Gujarati show, Dodh Dahyo in Malad, Mumbai, where only 35 people were present in the audience.
4. Initially, his family didn’t support standup comedy as a full-time career, but when he started getting popular in his locality, his family started supporting him.
5. Munawar loves to eat non-vegetarian food.
6. In an interview, Faruqui shared that he wrote his song ‘Aazmaish’ within 2 days.
7. He smokes a hookah, occasionally.
8. Faruqui owns a KTM RC 200.
9. Reportedly, Munawar earns Rs. 1.5 lakh per comedy show.
10. Faruqui’s most popular video on YouTube is Dawood, Yamraaj & Aurat, which has 10 million views as of December 2021.
11. He can speak various languages like Hindi, English, and Gujarati.
12 Munawar Faruqui has two YouTube channels ‘Munawar Faruqui’ and ‘Munawar Faruqui 2.0.‘ On his first channel, he uploads standup comedy and rap videos, whereas, on his second channel, he uploads video games live-streaming.
13. In an interview, he shared that his first ticketed show was held in the same month his father died. He mentioned that it was a traumatic phase for him, and he used to cry in the green room before performing on stage.
14. Faruqui loves to write Shayari in his leisure time. His Shayaris can be read in his various Instagram posts.
15. In 2021, after almost 12 of Munawar’s stand-up comedy shows were canceled within 2 months, he shared a tweet saying that,
Nafrat jeet gayi, artist haar gaya (hate has won, the artist has lost). I’m done, goodbye. Injustice.”
16. Munawar likes to travel to explore different places.
17. Faruqui has received both Silver and Golden play buttons for having subscribers count on his YouTube channels.
18. Munawar likes to keep himself in shape, for which he prefers going to the gym regularly.
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