After modeling for brands such as Hugo Boss, Paul Smith and Zegna the London born Upen Patel made his appearance in some music videos like a remix version of the Bollywood song ‘Kya Khoob Lagti Ho’.
He came to Bollywood with his debut ’36 China Town’ in 2006 for which he bagged the Best debut award. Upen Patel is now all set to rock in ‘Shakalaka Boom Boom’. The excited actor talks to us about’ Shakalaka Boom Boom’ to our Smashits team in New Delhi just a couple of days ago.
Excerpts of his talk:
What is the storyline of this film?
The movie is about one person’s dreams to become number one and the other to stay at number one.
It is based on conflicts, trauma and the power game involved in the functioning of the music industry. It is a musical film having fantastic music.
Tell us about your role?
My character’s name is ‘Reggie’ in the film and Bobby plays ‘AJ’. My character ‘Reggie’ is from Jodhpur who goes to the US and becomes a big star. He is very young, energetic, and ambitious and fun loving. He has everything to make it but there is one man who stops him.
Your experience working with co-stars?
It was fantastic working with them. It was great working with all of them. Bobby Deol was very encouraging and I have learnt a lot from him. Kangana Ranaut was superb and Celina Jaitley was just gorgeous in the film.
Tell us about its music?
Music is by Himesh Reshammiya and it’s very vibrant .We shot some fantastic videos and I am really excited about that.
What is the target audience?
It is a typical Suneel Darshan film having the same soul but different body and is meant for everybody. It is family entertainers having the same kind of emotional drama that Suneel Darshan’s other films have.
Did you prepare for the role?
As I working with senior artists like Anupam Kher and Bobby Deol who don’t need to rehearse, so I had attended a twenty-day workshop with the assistant directors and script writers working on my character, mannerism and looks.
How is your Hindi?
I didn’t face any problem in my Hindi. People say this because my English is very strong and I have an English accent. Well, I was born in the UK, so I am still working on my Hindi. However, I think I am doing pretty well considering the fact that I was born in the UK and have come down to India and have achieved so much in so little time. I am quite excited about everything.
What other roles would you like to play?
Till now, I have worked with two good banners and directors and in future I would like to play all kinds of roles and make a niche for myself.
What are your expectations?
Well, ’36 China Town’ was a teaser for me, ‘Namastey London ‘was my promo and ‘Shakalaka Boom Boom’ is my launch. In future, the people will see more and more of me and hopefully people would really like me in ‘Shakalaka Boom Boom’. High expectations are always there when any actor signs a movie and I am expecting a lot, too.
Your upcoming projects?
Well, I haven’t decided yet. I will be signing films with Tips, Ramesh Sippy, Venus, besides a film with Suneel Darshan, another with Abbas Mustaan and one more with Subhash ji. There are lots of films in the pipeline but I have not chosen the script .Right now my heart and my soul is in ‘Shakalaka Boom Boom’.
Planning to do different kinds of roles?
I am planning to do lead roles with right banners and good directors .It could be in any zone. I am not looking for any particular image but just want to do some good films.
What do you look for before signing a film?
I look for good scripts, directors and banners.
What about your co-stars?
It doesn’t matter to me. I just look at the script, the hero and the director. I don’t mind working with new or old artists.
Any dream role?
I want to be James Bond -007.
Any favorite director?
No, I am happy to work with anyone who wants to work with me .For me; it’s a big thing to work with the directors I am working with right now that is, Suneel Darshan and Abbas Mustaan. They are like Gods to me because I come from the UK with no filmy background and after doing modeling only. They signed me for such big films which are doing so well. So, I am happy to work with them.
Is Bollywood different from modeling?
Modeling is very different from acting. When you are modeling, you walk on the ramp with an attitude, but while doing films you are enacting a character and you are playing with emotions.