I’m not at all happy coming out of the show: Upen Patel
Unlike most contestants, who feel relieved after being evicted from the ongoing reality show Bigg Boss, where one has to stay locked up and incommunicado with family for weeks in a house, actor Upen Patel is shocked at his sudden eviction.Updated: Jan 02, 2015, 17:32 IST
Unlike most ­contestants, who feel relieved after being evicted from the ongoing reality show Bigg Boss, where one has to stay locked up and incommunicado with family for weeks in a house, actor Upen Patel is shocked at his ­sudden ­eviction.
"I’m not at all happy coming out of the show in its 15th week. I thought I will go till the end but I guess even though I was popular among the people inside the house, possibly I was not so popular with the audience... that’s all I can conclude," says the London-based Bollywood actor, who has in the past acted in films including 36 China Town (2006), Namastey London (2007) and Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009).
The 34-year-old was often snubbed on the weekend episodes of the show by host Salman Khan — either for his "unsporting" attitude or for his broken Hindi accent. Prodded if he ever felt bogged down by such taunts, Patel says, "On Saturdays, we’d look for ­advice from Salman but ­sometimes he’d pull ­people down, which was a little demotivating at times, but I guess he was just doing his job. And to be fair, at this phase in this show where every minute friends turn ­enemies, and back, each of us got snappy."
Meanwhile, Patel has brushed aside his linkup rumours with co-contestant Karishma Tanna. "We are very good friends. Sometimes one has to go above the game. You can’t be bothered all the time about your game. Bigg Boss is just a voice after all, and not some person. This is just a role playing game," says Patel, who’s now looking forward to the release of his multilingual film.