Munawar Faruqui is an Indian stand-up comedian and writer, who is known for his controversial remarks on religion and Indian politics, which often lands him in trouble.
Munawar Faruqui was born on Tuesday, 28 January 1992 (age 30 years; as of 2022) in Junagadh, Gujarat. His full name is Munawar Iqbal Faruqui. He is well versed in graphic design and art direction.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Family & Religion
Munawar belongs to a Muslim family from Junagadh.
Parents & Siblings
He has one sister, Shabana.
Wife & Children
According to Munawar, he got married at a very young age. In April 2022, in an episode of the reality show Lock Upp, hosted by Kangana Ranaut, he talked about his wife and said that he had a child with her, and in the same episode, he said that he had not lived with his wife for 1.5 years.
Munawar is a Mumbai-based stand-up comedian. His content is mostly political in nature, and he is usually seen criticizing the Narendra Modi Government. Here is a video in which he is talking about the NRC (National Register of Citizens) and the Delhi riots that happened during the anti-CAA protests in 2020.
Faruqui is a popular stand-up comic, and he toured almost all over India with his stand-up special “Dongri To Nowhere” in 2019.
Apart from being a stand-up comic, he is also a singer and rapper. Munawar released his debut rap song ‘Jawab’ during the COVID-19 lockdown.
His videos combined have more than 23 million views on YouTube. Faruqui has around 535k subscribers on his YouTube channel.
On 8 May 2022, Munawar Faruqui was declared the winner of the reality show Lock Upp hosted by Kangana Ranaut. Payal Rohatgi was the first runner-up, while Anjali Arora was the second runner-up of the show. Along with the winning trophy, Faruqui took home Rs. 20 lakh cash prize and a brand new car. During the show, Faruqui revealed many things about his past, be it his divorce, his mother’s suicide, and being sexually assaulted as a child.
- Winner (2018): Comic Kaun 4.0 by Pizza Burst
- Winner (2018): Open Mic at the Synergy Fest
- In April 2020, Munawar landed into a controversy after his YouTube video went viral in which he was seen making fun of Hindu deities Ram and Sita, and the 2002 Godhra massacre. In the video, he referred to the massacre as a fictional film, directed by Amit Shah and produced by the RSS. A complaint was filed against him with the Mumbai police by Hindutva activist and former Shiv Sena member Ramesh Solanki.
Filed online complaint with @MumbaiPolice against hate monger @FaruquiMunawar I request Mumbai Police to file FIR n take strict against Munavar for mocking Sri Ram and Sita Maata@CyberDost @MahaCyber1 @ippatel @TajinderBagga @Aabhas24 @ShefVaidya @AskAnshul @MODIfiedVikas @ pic.twitter.com/52O8AkJP4R
— Ramesh Solanki🇮🇳 (@Rajput_Ramesh) April 14, 2020
Soon, he faced a serious backlash on Twitter as thousands of netizens flooded Twitter with the hashtag that read “#ArrestMunawarFaruqui.” He later apologised for unintentionally hurting the religious sentiments of people.
You call this stand up comedy @FaruquiMunawar ? Can you make fun and use such words about other religion and God including your own ? You are disgusting. @MumbaiPolice needs to take action against this nonsense. @Dev_Fadnavis @DevangVDave @Rajput_Ramesh pic.twitter.com/mq6FGL3pUY
— Punit Agarwal 🇮🇳 (@Punitspeaks) April 15, 2020
- On 1 January 2020, Munawar, along with four other comedians, was arrested during his show in Indore for allegedly passing indecent remarks against Hindu deities and mocking Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The complaint was filed by Eklavya Singh Gaur, the chief of Hindutva group Hind Rakshak Sangathanson and the son of local BJP MLA Malini Singh Gaur. While talking to reporters, Gaur said,
When I heard about Munawar’s show, I bought a ticket and went to see it. As expected, he was insulting Hindu deities and also mocked Home Minister Amit Shah by dragging his name with Godhra riots. Such objectionable talks were going on during the comedy show. We made a video of them and stopped the show by taking the audience out of the cafe. Then we caught the comedians and organisers of the show and took them to Tukoganj police station.”
After a couple of days, a video went viral of an altercation between Gaur and Munawar in which Gaur was seen accusing Munawar of hurting religious sentiments of Hindus by making jokes on Hindu Gods while Munawar was calmy trying to explain that no such thing was happening. Later, Kamlesh Sharma, the Inspector of Tukaganj Police station told The Indian Express that there was no video evidence to back the allegations against him of insulting Hindu deities and Union Minister Amit Shah. Many prominent comedians including Varun Grover, Vir Das, and Rohan Joshi came up in Munawar’s support and criticised his arrest.
You can’t stop jokes and laughter. Not because comedians are performing it, but because people need to laugh. Harder you try, the more you’re going to be laughed at, now, and by history.
Anyone who has ever tried to control humour, now has a category of jokes devoted to them.
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) January 3, 2021
I’m just going to leave this here. pic.twitter.com/C8eqqDzPya
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) January 3, 2021
Even though no incriminating evidence was found against Munawar, his bail plea was rejected for the third time by the Madhya Pradesh High Court on the grounds that since the investigation is still underway, there is a possibility that more evidence might be brought to light.
- On 28 November 2021, he hinted that he may quit stand-up comedy, a day after his scheduled show was cancelled in Bengaluru. Reportedly, the comedian was advised by the police to call it off due to possible law and order problems. After several right-wing groups opposed Faruqui’s show citing that his show may disturb communal harmony and said that Faruqui has a habit of making ‘unacceptable’ jokes on Hindu gods, Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2020, and Godhra massacre of karsevaks.’ A letter issued by Hindu Janjagruti Samiti, a right-wing group, to Bengaluru police commissioner Kamal Pant read,
Allowing Munawar Faruqui, who hurts religious sentiments of Hindus, is providing an opportunity for him to repeat those crimes…. should such a programme that disturbs the communal harmony be allowed when the memories of DJ Halli riots are still fresh?”
- In December 2021, he was dropped from an upcoming three-day comedy show to be held in Gurugram after a complaint was filed against him by the BJP Haryana unit’s IT department head. In his complaint, Arun Yadav, IT department head, Haryana BJP, accused Mr. Faruqui of insulting Hindu deities. He said,
His activities have offended my Hindu faith. This is intentionally done to incite communal disharmony.”
He owns a KTM RC 200.
Reportedly, he earns Rs. 1.5 lakh per comedy show.
- In the video of his altercation with Eklavya Singh Gaur, which was related to insulting Hindu deities by Munawar, he mentioned that his house was burnt down during the 2002 Gujarat riots.
- His food preference is non vegetarian.
- He occasionally likes to smoke hookah.