I don't like being called a bad boy: Upen Patel
Model-turned-actor Upen Patel says he is fed up of his "bad boy" image because he's not a wild person in real life.india Updated: Mar 26, 2008 15:00 IST
Model-turned-actor Upen Patel says he is fed up of his "bad boy" image and he is not a wild person in real life.
"I know it sells. But I don't like being labelled a bad boy. I'm nothing like the wild person I'm made out to be. I've decided to keep a low profile, just do my work and not lose my temper at any cost," Upen, who is currently working with one of his favourites, Govinda, in Lucky 2, told IANS.
Lucky 2 is directed by Neeeraj Vora and also stars Amisha Patel, Tusshar Kapoor and Tanushree Dutta.
Born in India and raised in Britain, Upen started off as a model and modelled for brands such as Hugo Boss, Paul Smith, and Zegna. In 2006, Abbas-Mustan launched the 27-year-old in Bollywood with 36 China Town.
Later, he was seen in Vipul Shah's Namastey London and Suneel Darshan's Shakalaka Boom Boom. Now, he will be seen in Abbas-Mustan first film as producers.
"I have made so many good friends. Abbas-Mustan, who gave me my first break in 36 China Town have signed me for the film that they're producing. This will be their first production. And I'm proud to be in it. They were directing another film with Sanjay Dutt and I. But that got stalled because of Sanjay Dutt's problems. Never mind, I have enough in the kitty."
Upen is also in Darshan's next venture. "So what if 'Shakalaka Boom Boom' didn't work? I'm a hundred per cent doing his new film, which starts in March. It'll be young and contemporary, but it'll also go back to the family values that Suneel is known for."
The young actor gets sentimental about his mentor. "Suneel has been like a family away from home ever since I came into the industry. I'd never say no to him for any film. He has just to ask and I'll do his film blindly.
"People like Abbas-Mustan and Suneel Darshan have given me so much love, I don't miss that other kind of love," said Upen, who will also be seen in Ganesh Acharya's Money Hai Toh Honey Hai.
After a rather violent and widely reported break-up with his girlfriend last year, Upen has been single.
"But never alone. There're so many people in Mumbai who take care of me. Yes, I do miss romance in my life. But love will happen when it happens. Meanwhile, there's so much work to take care of."