Kangana Ranaut’s reality show Lock Upp

Hyderabad court issues stay on the release of Kangana Ranaut’s reality show Lock Upp on FEBRUARY 27: Ahead of its streaming on Sunday.

Ekta Kapoor’s reality show, Lock Upp, has been entangled in a legal battle.

A Hyderabad civil court issued a stay order on the release of the show, just a day before the show was going on air. Lock Upp will be hosted by Rangana Ranaut, which will mark her debut in the OTT space.

The court passed a stay order based on a petition filed by a Hyderabad-based businessman Sanober Baig.

Baig cited that Lock Upp is an “exact copy” of his registered concept of a show called The Jail. As per Baig’s petition, he had shared the idea with Endemol Shine India’s Abhishek Rege.

Who he said backstabbed him. Hyderabad civil court has now restrained the makers of Lock Upp from streaming the show on any platform.

Court issues stay on the release

The court passed the order after checking the documents of Sanober Baig, who claimed to hold the right to the script of the concept of The Jail.

The court also took on record the video clip of the trailer of Lock Upp and concluded that it appeared similar.

However, the court, hence, passed the order with an urgent notice prohibiting the exhibition of the show on any electronic media or social media.

The petition also mentions that the “original” concept is owned by Pride Media, whose proprietor is Sanober Baig.

It was written by Shaantanu Ray and Sheershak Anand and registered under the copyright act on March 7 2018.

It was reported at the Film Writers Association:

  • In his petition, Baig said, “When I saw the promo of the said show, I was in shock.
  • However, I have been in touch with Abhishek Rege from Endemol Shine for a long time and have had several meetings about the subject in Hyderabad.
  • He had promised that we would get going once the market got better. The show is alike to our concept and a complete copy.
  • I might not believe that somebody could plagiarise the concept to such an extent. We have prayed to the court infringement of the copyright and have got a stay order.”
  • The notice has been reportedly served to all the parties involved. According to Baig, if the show gets aired on Sunday, it will be a contempt of the court.
  • Here Ekta R Kapoor is all set to bring the bold and fearless reality show on ALTBalaji and MX Player, starting February 27.

List of some contestants

Munawar Faruqui

  • The stand-up comedian had to spend a month in jail at Indore in January 2021 when a BJP MLA’s son accused him of hurting religious sentiments in one of his stand-up shows.
  • Later in November, Bengaluru Police denied permission to his stand-up comedy show in the city amid protests by Hindu right-wing outfits.

Sunil Pal

  • Comedian Sunil has been paired with Munawar. Sunil has appeared on many laughter reality shows and acted in many films.


  • Known as Chakrapani Mahraj, he was in the news for his ‘gomutra party’ during the initial days of the coronavirus pandemic.

Saisha Shinde

  • Designer Saisha Shinde came out as a transwoman early in 2021.
  • She was previously Swapnil Shinde.
  • Over the past year, she has often opened up in various social media posts and interviews about her struggles.
  • Saisha was paired with Chakrapani.

Poonam Pandey

  • Poonam made her film debut with Nasha in 2013. Soon after she married her long-term boyfriend Sam Bombay on September 1 2020.
  • She filed a complaint against him, accusing him of molestation, threats, and assault on her. He was arrested later that month.
  • Later, she was also arrested in a porn racket case.

Babita Phogat

  • Perhaps one of the least controversial contestants is wrestler Babita Phogat. After bagging the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the women’s freestyle 55 kg category.
  • She first appeared in the dance reality show Nach Baliye 9 with her now-husband Vivek Suhag. She was paired with Poonam.

Sara Khana

  • Actor Sara Khan will also be seen on the show.
  • She earlier participated in Bigg Boss 4 and married Ali Merchant on the show. However, they got divorced within a few months.

Sidharth Sharma

  • Siddharth featured in reality shows like Big F and Splitsvilla.
  • He has also essayed the role of Ranbir Chowdhary in ALT Balaji’s web series Puncch Beat.

Shivam Sharma

  • Shivam was also a participant in Splitsvilla.

Anjali Arora

  • Anjali is a social media influencer.


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