Upen Patel

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Upen Patel
Upen Patel at the screening of ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’.jpg
Patel at the screening of Shubh Mangal Savdhan
Born (1982-08-16) 16 August 1982 (age 35)[1][2]
London, England, UK
Occupation Model, actor
Years active 2006–present
Known for Bigg Boss 8
Partner(s) Karishma Tanna (2014-2016)[3]

Upen Patel is a model and film actor working in India. In addition to working in Bollywood films, he has participated in several television reality shows including Bigg Boss 8 and Nach Baliye 7.


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. He also appeared in Money Hai Toh Honey Hai. Patel made a guest appearance in the 2008 film, One Two Three. He then appeared in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, released in November 2009. Patel made his Tamil film début with the movie, I, released in January 2015 and directed by S. Shankar.

Patel worked for the weekly cooking show Cook Na Kaho.[4] In March 2005, he was replaced by Shayan Munshi.[5]

Patel was a participant in the daily reality television show, Bigg Boss.[6] NDTV stated that he participated in the show to give his career a boost.[6]

Patel was one of the contestants in Nach Baliye 7 along with Karishma Tanna which is produced by Ekta Kapoor under the banner of Balaji Telefilms. They became one of the finalists.

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.[6]

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.[7]


Year Title Role Language
2006 36 China Town Rocky Hindi
2007 Namastey London Imran Khan Hindi
2007 Shakalaka Boom Reggie Kapoor Hindi
2008 One Two Three Chandu Hindi
2008 Money Hai Toh Honey Hai Manik Khiralal Hindi
2009 Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Rahul Jalan Hindi
2012 Run Bhola Run Hindi
2015 I John Tamil
2017 Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha Sunny Hindi
Year Title Role Notes
2014–15 Bigg Boss 8 Contestant Evicted Day 102 – 1 January 2015
2015 Bigg Boss Halla Bol Guest
2015 Nach Baliye 7 Contestant Along with Karishma Tanna
2016 MTV Love School Host


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

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