What is Lock Upp?
Lock Upp is a reality show available on AltBalaji & MX player which was first aired on 21st February 2019. The show is produced by Ekta Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut.
The show follows the lives of sixteen contestants who are locked up in an apartment in Mumbai, India, and how they are able to maintain their independence while also having a family or being in a relationship with someone else.
Every contestant has one thing or another that is controversial. That is why the makers are banking on it for the show to be successful. The format of this program appears to be similar to Bigg Boss as it is happening in a confined space. However, the participants have to share their deepest and darkest secrets in order to move.
The show has been trending on social media since it’s release and has received mixed reviews from critics.
Kangana Ranaut and Ekta Kapoor: Background, Projects, The Idea of The Show
Kangana Ranaut and Ekta Kapoor are two of the most prominent women in Indian entertainment. They have been in the industry for over a decade and have worked together on several projects including the movie Queen (2014) where Kangana played the lead role and Ekta was a producer.
Kangana Ranaut has been acting since 2003. She has starred in over 40 films and has done a number of critically acclaimed roles. Her promising work includes Queen, Simran, and Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi which was released on January 25, 2019. She also acted in the TV series called Kya Qusoor Hai Amla Ka? (2018) for which Ekta Kapoor wrote the screenplay
Ekta Kapoor is a renowned producer, director and writer. She founded her production company, Balaji Telefilms, in 1990 which is now India’s largest television production company. She started her career as director with Kyon Ki (2005) before she went on to produce many successful shows
Kangana Ranaut recently said that she would never work with Ekta Kapoor again because she doesn’t want to be a part of the ‘toxic’ environment that Ekta creates on set. This statement by Kangana has caused quite a stir among fans, as well as in the media industry.
Why is Lock Upp such a big deal?
The show has been met with skepticism by many people due to its controversial nature. Skeptics believe that it reinforces gender stereotypes and objectifies women. Moreover, the contestants of this reality show are all celebrities who have been on the news, although for not the best of reasons.
The list of contestants comprises of many familiar faces of the Indian Entertainment industry, and the news, namely Karanvir Bohra, Payal Rohatgi, Nisha Rawal, Anjali Arora, Tehseen Poonawala, Shivam Sharma, Babita Phogat, Sidharth Sharma, Sara Khana, Poonam Pandey, Saisha Shinde, Sunil Pal, Chakrapani, and Munawar Faruqui, many of whom have been a part of other reality TV shows such as Bigg Boss and Splitsvillla.
Kangana Ranaut and Ekta Kapoor are two of the most successful women in the Indian film industry. As the future of Indian television begins to unfold, it is interesting to see how these two women are going to be a part of it.