Munawar Faruqui has been declared the winner Lock Upp trophy hosted by Kangana Ranaut. The stand-up comedian win on Saturday has thrilled his fans and many who vouched for his win.
Munawar was jubilant , and expressed his journey to the victory stand and how he overcame the challenge from Payal Rohatgi and his bond with Anjali Arora, among other things.
Munawar Faruqui was filled with emotions after accomplishing the feat of being the Lock Upp Champion. “However, the biggest emotion right now is that of joy. Every one of us worked hard on the show but to get the fruits of your labour is very special. And the most important thing is that this is not just my trophy, there have been millions of people who voted for me. I am just speechless right now,” Munawar said with a broad smile.
Soon after he was declared as the winner of Lock Upp, Munawar Faruqui was surrounded by several reporters, Munawar maintaining composure, politely told the media “Main yehi hu. Aap sab line bana lo, sabko interview dunga (I am here, please line up, I will speak to all of you).” As promised he honored his words as he spoke close to a packed room of journalists, even if it was a short conversation.
Minutes before the announcement, Kangana Ranaut played her ace card. She informed that while he has received the highest votes (18 lakh), the final decision will be hers to make.
On asked if he was nervous then, Munawar Faruqui said, “I think ever since I became a finalist, I have been nervous. I think anyone sitting for their exam also feels it. However when she said that, I was worried. I thought mamla gambhir hone wala hai (things are turning solemn). Then I realised I have worked hard earnestly with pure intention, and I should win it.”
Munawar Faruqui On working with Kangana Ranaut
‘mazaa aayega’ about working with the Queen actor. When asked if he indeed had fun, the Lock Upp champion said, “I think that’s the beauty of living in a democratic country. You may come from different beliefs but you can always work together. Yes, many had raised questions about me doing this show. But I knew it was a means to connect with fans, and I was successful in doing that.”
Given that Munawar Faruqui was pitted against Payal Rohatgi throughout the journey, we quizzed him on what gave him more happiness — winning the trophy or defeating Payal. With a laugh, he said, “Of course the trophy. I don’t think one can be too happy about defeating someone. Also, the trophy will stay with me forever, not Payal’s defeat.”
His journey would be incomplete without the mention of Anjali Arora. Their closeness had led fans to nickname them “Munjali’. While many raised fingers at them for plotting a bond for the game, the two assured it’s just friendship between them. However, recently, Anjali too was heard saying how she feels that Munawar may have befriended her for the game. Discussing the same, the comedian said, “Every bond I made on the show was for real. I tried protecting the one close to me so that we could evict our competition. I never tried to use anyone. If she felt that, I think there must be some reason. But she was a good friend and will always be one.”
Apart from the trophy, Munawar Faruqui also took home Rs 20 lakh cash prize and a brand new car. Payal Rohatgi and Anjali Arora were announced as the first and second runner-up, respectively.