'Lock Upp': Mandana Karimi shares abortion story; Anurag Kashyap dragged
The recent episodes of the reality show, Lock Upp have raged a storm online. And, at the eye of this storm is contestant Mandana Karimi and the identity of her former partner. To recall, during one episode, Karimi shared a heartbreaking story of an abortion that was nearly forced on her by her partner, an Indian film director. Now, people think it's Anurag Kashyap.
The tale was unearthed during the recent Judgment Day episode, where host Kangana Ranaut appears to discuss the performance of all the contestants in the past week. As a part of that episode, four contestants had to compete in a game and upon losing, one of them had to share a deep-rooted secret. When Karimi lost the round, she had to reveal her secret.
The Iranian actor/model said she was together with a famous director when she was going through separation-divorce from her ex-husband. She kept this one-and-a-half-year-long relationship a secret as she still hadn't been divorced. According to Karimi, she and the director grew closer during the lockdown and started living together. Soon, the man encouraged her to "start a family," and that's where troubles began.
"He told me he wanted to move out of India with me. We should plan a family, and we did plan a pregnancy," a teary-eyed Karimi said. "But when it actually happened, he completely backed off." Then she recalled how the filmmaker repeatedly gave excuses and egged her on to get an abortion. Although against the idea, Karimi did end up aborting the fetus.
Ever since footage from the show surfaced, viewers have been guessing the director's identity. Many opined it to be Kashyap. One Twitter user shared headlines from 2020 where Karimi had talked about Kashyap motivating her when she had no work. Netizens pointed out how the model was one among others to have defended the filmmaker when actor Payal Ghosh leveled rape allegations against him.
Not only Karimi, Lock Upp saw a shocking revelation come from another contestant, Munawar Faruqui. The comedian revealed he has been married since a young age and even has a son from this nuptials. He said he had come on the show for his child.