Actor Kangana Ranaut made her digital debut with Lock Upp. A total of 14 contestants are part of producer Ekta Kapoor’s show. The contestants include—Payal Rohatgi, Munawar Faruqui, Nisha Rawal, Tehseen Poonawala, Kaaranvir Bohra, Sunil Pal, and Babita Phogat. Saisha Shinde, Chakrapani, Poonam Pandey, Sara Khan, Sidharth Sharma, Shivam Sharma, and Anjali Arora are also part of the show. Produced by Endemol Shine India the show premiered on ALTBalaji and MX Player.
Kangana Ranaut hosted Lock Upp has been gaining a lot of attention because of its controversial set of celebrity contestants. However, the show’s similarities with Bigg Boss haven’t gone unnoticed and many on social media are calling out similar formats.
After watching the episode, people took to Twitter and reacted to the reality show. A person tweeted, “Big problem with this #LockUpp is the Jailor Khali. He’s too slow which makes watching the show boring. I know he won’t be always there but today during the nomination I got bored due to his slowness. Otherwise, it’s absolute #BiggBoss, and fights started on day one.”
While some of the audience members are already invested in the drama that’s going on inside the jail, a few are not impressed with it. One of the users on Twitter commented that Kangana, who is supposed to be the host of the show, is acting like a contestant and generating the drama that will keep the show trending on social media. “Lmao, sorry but why is Kangu acting like a contestant? Isn’t she meant to be the host It’s pretty clear she’s going to be generating all the drama, much more than the contestants will themselves,” read the tweet.
A fan also wrote, “After watching the premier of Lock Upp, I can think it may give a tough competition to Bigg Boss.” “Are you guys watching and liking #LockUpp? I am not able to connect to the show yet. Bore ho raha hai inke gappe. Round table conference laga Raha hai (I’m getting bored with their talks. It looks like a round table conference). No tasks yet. Just random talks. Though I am not watching live feed continuously, when am watching I am log out immediately.”
The technical aspects of the streaming platform have also received some criticism as many users commented on the sound quality of the show. “We want to see a better voice from Jailor,” read one Instagram comment. “Please adjust the volume of live, especially guards, it’s so hard to hear things. Also, a wide camera angle could be great, though am unable to cast my app screen on TV, Dunn knows why,” shared another user.
“Irittaing hai Bigg boss wala mic hi use kar lete,” wrote another Instagram user.