He doesn’t underplay the fact that he’s got a great bod and what’s more, he likes showing it off too! Upen Patel’s shirtless act at a recent awards ceremony had girls swooning over him and Upen couldn’t be happier about that. So is he going the Salman Khan way? “Salman’s not the only one who can go shirtless, I can do it, too. Besides I don’t follow anybody, I create my own style,” says Upen.
His confidence has also been boosted by his debut film, 36 Chinatown. His song, Aashiqui, being touted as an item number, has become a huge hit. So will we see Upen doing more such item numbers in future? “I don’t mind being labelled an item boy and am comfortable with my sexuality,” says the Brit born actor. He adds, “But that was just a teaser, you’ll see more of me in my forthcoming biggie which is a Sunil Darshan film. It’s a typical Bollywood film and I play the pucca hero.”
So now he’s off to South Africa for a month to shoot for the film with Bobby Deol and Celina Jaitley. “I’ve signed eight films and this is just the beginning, but I can’t wait to become a superstar,” says Upen.
And he’s on the road to superstardom, he believes, with his career going great guns. He’s been vocal, too, that the upswings happened since his split with Amrita Arora. “Yes, and I still stand by that. It’s been three years now and my life has been absolutely great. And I’m still single.”
But some recent reports and buzz in the media prove otherwise. Pictures of Upen smooching model Shamita Singha in a swimming pool were splashed in the glossies. Something brewing there? “Oh that was just a private moment caught in public glare. I think it’s just been blown out of proportion. Things aren’t serious as yet, but let’s see how it turns out in the future,” says Upen.
Talking about women, any thoughts on what his ideal woman should be? “Absolutely not! That’s because I want my ideal woman to come searching for me.” But he does know the perfect formula for his dream film. “It’s got to have loads of action, sexy babes and hi-fi gadgets, that’s me!”