Monday, May 01, 2006 15:40 IST
Model-turned-actor Upen Patel is all set to take Bollywood by storm with his macho skills, and feels
action roles would be "ideal" for him.
"I don't mind playing any kind of roles, but I think action roles will be ideal for me," said Upen, who has
already signed six films.
In debut film "36 China Town", a thriller directed by director duo Abbas-Mastan, Upen says he is playing
"a stylish guy". "He has this knack for arriving at a wrong place at the wrong time and that makes him
the prime suspect in the film."
Upen confessed he didn't have to struggle much for the role.
"I got a call from Subhash Ghai. He said he is making a film and wants to launch a new star. He had
seen my modelling work and felt I have the potential to be a star. I fell in love with the story and instantly
And yet another clotheshorse left the catwalk for the silver screen.
Admitting that modelling has become a stepping-stone to films for models, he said: "We have no
godfather. We are not celebrity sons either. Modelling gives us a visibility and we get noticed. It
definitely helps us to enter films."
"I have a role parallel to that of Akshay Kumar in 'Namaste London'. I am glad that the industry has
accepted me with open arms," said Upen, who has signed on Suniel Darshan's next venture and Vipul
Shah's "Namaste London" with Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif.
Excited about his first release, he said: "I am all set for my debut with '36 China Town'. I am looking
forward to the release."
Understandably, he is all praise for his benefactors. "I owe a lot to Subhash-ji and Abbas-Mastan. They
have been extremely supportive. No matter what I'll achieve, I'll always be thankful to Subhash-ji."
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