Personal Life of Upen Patel
In his early days, Upen Patel and his family used to live in Uganda before migrating to the United Kingdom where his modelling career started to take off immediately after graduating in Media Studies from West Herts College. Having shot Sun Sahiba Sun, his first remix video, Upen Patel made his first step towards Bollywood, where he was discovered by the ace photographer Atul Kasbekar who gave him a break to walk on the ramps. Currently residing in Mumbai, Maharashtra, Upen was in a relationship with the Indian film actress, model and anchor Karishma Tanna but broke up with her by early 2016.
Career of Upen Patel
Before becoming a Bollywood star, Upen Patel had made it big in the world of fashion. He has modelled for brands such as Hugo Boss, Paul Smith and Zegna and today is a global name on the fashion front. Currently, he has bagged some big campaigns with names like Wendell Rodricks, Vikram Phadnis with Salman Khan and Westside with Yuvraj Singh. During his modelling days, Upen was judged as the Model of the Year for four consecutive years at the Asia Fashion Award, and was featured among the top 10 sexiest men in Asia for 5 years running. MTV India awarded him as the Most Stylish Male for two years in a row.
Before his official debut into films, Upen Patel worked for the weekly cooking show Cook Na Kaho but was replaced by Shayan Munshi in 2005. In May 2006, Upen made his Bollywood debut with the comedy murder mystery film 36 China Town, directed by the duo Abbas-Mustan. His next Bollywood movie, Namastey London, released in March 2007, where Patel played the character of a Pakistani Muslim living in London. In April 2007, his third film Shakalaka Boom Boom was released, which was produced and directed by Suneel Darshan. He also appeared in the 2008 multi-starrer comedy Money Hai Toh Honey Hai. Patel made a guest appearance in the 2008 film, One Two Three, which is an un-credited remake of the 1992 American film Blame it on the Bellboy about three men with similar surnames staying in the same hotel. He then appeared in Ajab Prem ki Gazab Kahani, released in November 2009. Patel made his Tamil film debut with the movie, I, which released in January 2015 and was directed by S. Shankar. He tried making his comeback with the Suneel Darshan directorial venture called Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha as one of the lead actors but the movie tanked in the Box Office. His upcoming Tamil action-thriller, Boomerang is slated to release on 28th December, 2018 and starts Upen as an antagonist.
Upen was unable to leave his mark in the film industry and his Bollywood career was short lived and did not flourish. He soon switched to television reality show and first appeared as a participant in the season 8 of Bigg Boss which aired in September, 2014. It is noted that he went on that show to give his career a boost. In the Bigg Boss house he got into a relationship with Karishma Tanna, his housemate and in 2015, together the couple participated in the season 7 of Nach Baliye with Marzi Pestonji, Preity Zinta and Chetan Bhagat as the judges. Upen and Karishma did not win the season but were placed in third position. The couple also hosted the first season of the reality show MTV Love School from 2015 to early 2016 but did not come back as hosts for the second season as the couple broke up in real life at that time.
Filmography of Upen Patel
The list of Indian films Upen Patel has appeared in:
Upen Patel has also appeared in few television reality shows like:
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