Upen Patel

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Upen Patel
Upen Patel.jpg
Born (1982-08-16) 16 August 1982 (age 32)
London, England, UK
Nationality British
Occupation Model, actor
Years active 2006-present

Upen Patel is a British model and film actor in India.

Early life[edit]

Upen Patel was born on 16 August 1982[1] in London, United Kingdom.[2] His parents had moved from Uganda in East Africa to settle down permanently in the United Kingdom. His family ancestry roots trace back to Ahmedabad, [Gujarat]], India. His mother is a lawyer working with the government of UK.[3] He attended Wembley High School, London.[3] Patel studied media course at West Herts College, and then moved to the University of Hertfordshire to study for a BSc degree in Computer Science. Patel started modelling in London at an early age. Still in his teens, he started working as a catalogue model.[2]


Patel continued modelling assignments in London, while he was still a student. In 2002, Patel visited India to participate in Zee TV's Supermodel Hunt. He won the contest and came into limelight in the Indian modelling and fashion industry. He, then, appeared in India Fashion Week, New Delhi. Atul Kasbekar, India's leading fashion photographer, chose him to model for designer JJ Valaya's first ever men's couture campaign.[2]

He was judged as the Model of the Year for four consecutive years at the Asia Fashion Award, besides getting featured among the top 10 sexiest men in Asia for five years running. MTV India awarded him as the most stylish male for two years in a row.[2][4]

Patel has appeared on the covers and editorials for various magazines including GQ, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, L'Officiel, Men’s Health, Grazia, Man’s World, and Stardust.[2]

He has worked with India's biggest designers including Wendell Rodricks, Rohit Bal, Manish Malhotra and JJ Valaya on runway and in campaigns. He has also done modelling projects with global fashion leaders including Versace, Hugo Boss, Ermenegildo Zegna and Tommy Hilfiger.[2]

Patel has done various TV commercials.[2]

Music videos[edit]

Patel has appeared in several music videos. His most notable music video was for DJ Suketu's remix album, Bed Lounge, for its track Kya khoob lagti ho. The video was released in 2005 and also featured actress Udita Goswami. The music video, with several special effects, was directed and choreographed by Ahmed Khan. It was the most expensive music video of its time shot for a private album.[5]


In May 2006, Patel made his Bollywood début with the film 36 China Town, directed by the duo Abbas–Mustan, and also starred Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor and Akshaye Khanna. The film did fairly well at the box office and Patel won the IIFA Award for Best Début (Male).[2]

His next Bollywood movie, Namastey London, released in March 2007, with the star-cast of Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif, was a box office success. The film was shot in India and UK, and Patel played the character of a Pakistani Muslim living in London.

A month later, in April 2007, his third film Shakalaka Boom Boom was released, which was produced and directed by Suneel Darshan. The film failed to do well at the Indian box office and was declared a flop.[2]

In his next movie, Money Hai Toh Honey Hai, he played the role of a struggling model hoping to make it big. The film also featured Govinda, Aftab Shivdasani, Hansika Motwani and Celina Jaitly and hit the silver screens in July 2008.

Patel made a guest appearance in the March 2008 film, One Two Three.

After a gap of almost two years, his subsequent movie, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, was released in November 2009. The film starred Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif in lead roles. The film was a hit at the box office.

Patel made his Tamil film début with the movie, I. Released in January 2015, it features Vikram, Suresh Gopi and British actress Amy Jackson. The film was directed by Shankar.


Patel at Dabboo Ratnani Calendar Launch at Olive, Mumbai

Patel worked for the weekly cooking show Cook Na Kaho on Star One. The show started in November 2004, and the concept was inspired from Karen Anand’s popular book Simple Cooking For Stupid Men. About the show, Patel said in an interview, "The show is aimed at bachelors who want to whip up something at home that takes very little time but doesn’t taste like what the cat dragged in."[6] In March 2005, he was replaced by Shayan Munshi.[7]

Patel is presently working with Endemol for their daily reality television show, Bigg Boss as a contestant. The show, currently in its 8th season, is based on Dutch-based TV series Big Brother, where a group of celebrities live together in a big house, completely isolated from the outside world and vie for cash prize in the end. One contestant is eliminated each week, based on public votes. The show went on air in September 2014 on Colors. Upen exited the Bigg Boss house on Day 102 but returned in the Bigg Boss Halla Bol episode as a wild card entrant where he became romantic & expressed his feelings towards Karishma Tanna. Patel said he travelled to India to participate in the show to "gain experience". The host of the show, Salman Khan, replied, "This place (Bigg Boss) gives an experience like no other."[4] NDTV commented that he participated in the show to give his career a boost, and that with this show he'd be "trailing a second innings".[4]


Year Title Role Notes
2006 36 China Town Rocky Winner, IIFA Best Male Debut Award
Winner, Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut
Nominated, Star Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Male
2007 Namastey London Imran Khan
Shakalaka Boom Reggie Kapoor
2008 One Two Three Chandu
Money Hai Toh Honey Hai Manik Khiralal
2009 Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Rahul Jalan
2012 Run Bhola Run Unreleased
2015 I (film) John Tamil


  1. ^ "Upen Patel (Bigg Boss Yatri: Upen Patel)". Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Modha, Roopa (16 March 2014). "Upen Patel". Urban Asian Inc - urbanasian.com. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Upen Patel – Top Indian Model". Top Indian Models. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Goyal, Divya. "Upen Patel: Trailing a Second Innings". NDTV Convergence Limited. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  5. ^ JAWED, ZEESHAN (17 August 2005). "Hot sight ’n’ sound" (Calcutta). The Telegraph. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "TELEVISION - Food for thought" (December 5, 2004). The Tribune. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "TELEVISION - Cook’s corner". The Tribune. March 6, 2005. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 

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