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|Occupation||Model, film actor|
After winning Zee TV's supermodel hunt in 2002, Patel began modelling for Hugo Boss, Paul Smith and Zegna. He started his acting career with singer/song writer sardool sikander "Sadeyan paran to sikhi udna."
He received Most Stylish Male Award 2 years in a row. He won F awards as India's number one Supermodel, which led to many more endorsements including Tuscan Verve, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Provogue and D'damas Desire. He has campaigned for brands like Wendell Rodrick, Vikram Phadnis and Westside.
He was a cook on the show 'Karen Anand's Cook Na Kaho' before his official debut into films.
He is a participant of India's Biggest reality show Bigg Boss Season 8.
Patel appeared in many music videos, including the remix of the classic Bollywood song "Kya Khoob Lagti Ho", which also featured Udita Goswami.
In 2006, he made his Indian cinema debut in the film 36 China Town. The film was a success at the box office. Subash K Jha commented "Upen Patel as the Casanova in the casino makes an unusual stylish debut. He dances with confidence and holds his own, even among the accomplished ensemble of actors." His second film, Namastey London, was released on 23 March 2007 and also did well at the box office.
Shortly afterwards, his third film Shakalaka Boom Boom was released on 6 April 2007, but did not do as well at the box office. He did however garner appreciation for his performance. Taran Adarsh comments that Patel is "confidence personified" when performing the complex role, and that "Upen is not just a show-stopper when it comes to looks, but has the potential to climb the ladder as an actor".
In 2008, he received flak for his guest appearance in Ashwani Dheer's One Two Three. His role in Money Hai Toh Honey Hai was well received, but the film did not become a commercial success. He also played a cameo in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. In 2010 he took time out to finish a diploma in film making from the NIFT in the UK and earned a diploma in scriptwriting from Raindance in the UK. The same year, he completed a summer camp in Acting at the Lee Strasberg Actors' Studio in Los Angeles.
In 2012, he was appeared in the film Run Bhola Run.
In 2013 he will be making his debut in Tamil cinema starring in one of India's most expensive films titled "I" which will be directed by S. Shankar.
In 2013 he will be making his debut in French cinema as the leading man in a film to be directed by Yann Danh.
|2006||36 China Town||Rocky||Winner, IIFA Best Male Debut Award
Winner, Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut
|2007||Namastey London||Imran Khan|
|2007||Shakalaka Boom||Reggie Kapoor|
|2008||One Two Three||Chandu|
|2008||Money Hai Toh Honey Hai||Manik Khiralal|
|2009||Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani||Rahul Jalan|
|2012||Run Bhola Run||Unreleased|
Awards and nominations
Star Screen Awards
Zee Cine Awards
- 2007: IIFA Awards' Best Debutant (Male); 36 China Town
Global Indian Film Awards
- 2006: Best Debut Actor; 36 China Town
In the media
Patel was voted one of the top ten sexiest Asians in the world in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 in the Eastern Eye magazine.
Upen is a participant in the 8th season of the reality show Bigg Boss .
Patel was the first male Grand Marshal from Bollywood at the Independence Day parade in Los Angeles on 10 August 2008.