Upen Patel

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Upen Patel
Upen Patel at success party of Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani.jpg
Patel at Dabboo Ratnani Calendar launch in Mumbai
Born London, England, UK
Occupation Model, actor
Years active 2006-present
Partner(s) Karishma Tanna (2015-present)

Upen Patel is a model and film actor in India.


In May 2006, Patel made his Bollywood début with the 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.

In his next movie, Money Hai Toh Honey Hai, he played the role of a struggling model hoping to make it big. Patel made a guest appearance in the March 2008 film, One Two Three.

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, was released in November 2009.

Patel made his Tamil film début with the movie, I. Released in January 2015, it was directed by S. Shankar.


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."[1] In March 2005, he was replaced by Shayan Munshi.[2]

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."[3] 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".[3]Nowadays, he is participating in Nach baliye 7 along with Karishma tanna.

Other work[edit]

Patel 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 five years running. MTV India awarded him as the most stylish male for two years in a row.[3]

Patel has appeared in several music videos including DJ Suketu's Kya khoob lagti ho in 2005. 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.[4]


Year Title Role Language
2006 36 China Town Rocky Hindi
2007 Namastey London Imran Khan Hindi
Shakalaka Boom Reggie Kapoor Hindi
2008 One Two Three Chandu Hindi
Money Hai Toh Honey Hai Manik Khiralal Hindi
2009 Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Rahul Jalan Hindi
2012 Run Bhola Run Hindi
2015 I (film) John Tamil


  1. ^ "TELEVISION - Food for thought" (December 5, 2004). The Tribune. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "TELEVISION - Cook’s corner". The Tribune. March 6, 2005. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Goyal, Divya. "Upen Patel: Trailing a Second Innings". NDTV Convergence Limited. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  4. ^ JAWED, ZEESHAN (17 August 2005). "Hot sight ’n’ sound" (Calcutta). The Telegraph. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 

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