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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Upen Patel

Upen Patel

Upen Patel Biography
  • Name : Upen Patel

  • Date of Birth : 16 August,1980

  • Nationality : British (seeking Indian citizenship).

  • Profession : Model

  • Claim to Fame : First participated in LIFW in 2003 modelling for JJ Valaya. Also did shows for Rohit Bal, Rocky S. Got his break with Valaya when he shot a campaign.

  • Ethnic Origin : Indian

  • Height : 6'

  • Weight : 74 Kgs.

  • Bust/Chest : 40''

  • Waist : 32''

  • Hips : 35''

Upen Patel Trivia

  • Upen Patel's basic essentials in a wardrobe : white shirt, dangerously low waist jeans, a chain, belt, a watch.

  • Upen Patel is one of the hottest and higest paid male models in India, at present.

  • Eye Color : Brown, Hair Color : Black, Hair Length : Short, Skin Color : Freckles & Fair.

  • One of Britain’s top Asian models has been nominated for a prestigious award from MTV.

  • Londoner Upen Patel is up for the Most Stylish Male category in September 2005, and is hotly tipped to take home the accolade.

  • The 23-year-old model has fast become one of India’s most popular faces, having already taken part in international shows for top designers Hugo Boss, Paul Smith and Zegna, but the lure of the Indian market has become much more important to the six-foot model.

  • The model, who was MTV’s face of year in 2003, can’t believe how quickly he has been able to enjoy success. "I have only been in India less than two years and already I have secured a home, a car and a decent living, which to me is quite a lot," he said.

  • But Upen feels he would not have been able to do it without the love and support of his family. He admits that it was his mum who first sent his pictures into catalogues when he was a child and that he did not take it too seriously.

  • Once he had finished his degree at Hatfield University, in Hertfordshire, two men offered him a ticket to India and the chance to appear in Indian Fashion week. "They gave me a ticket for four weeks, and a year-and-a-half later I am still here!" he laughs.

  • The model, who has been linked to several Bollywood babes including Amrita Arora, says that even though he has not met the right woman yet, he is not concerned and is willing to let her come to him. He said, "In my business I meet a lot of beautiful women and although I think they might be interested they never approach me".

  • Determined and ambitious, Upen, who has been swamped with film offers from directors like Mahesh Bhatt, says that he is biding his time and hopefully the right script will come his way.

  • He is perfecting his Hindi skills and being taught dancing by top choreographer Farah Khan’s assistant.

  • His perfect role in films, according to him, is the "Indian James Bond, 007 Licence to Thrill".

  • Touted as one of India’s best male models, he gives the phrase 'male metrosexual' a new twist in Karen Anand’s Cook Na Kaho with Upen Patel, a cookery show with a difference on Star One.

  • Upen is also the winner of The MTV Style Award for Best Male Model.

  • Upen is the face for Tommy Hilfiger in India. He is also the brand ambassador for Kamasutra, Boy London and Tuscan Verve. Phew.

  • Loves working out, and hits the gym four times a week. Works out for an hour and a half and work on only one body part at a time. He follows a high protein diet and totally avoid carbohydrates and starchy food like rice, butter and other fried stuff.

  • Favourite cuisine is Italian. Relishes creamy pasta in white sauce with some mushrooms and chicken.

  • Doesn’t have a sweet tooth but when he wants to indulge, he digs into a tub of tooty fruity ice cream or choco-chip cookies.

  • Loves seafood, chicken and salads.

  • Usually lounges around in a pair of low-waist jeans and a ganji, teamed that with a good pair of sandals and I am all set!

  • Favourite brands are Armani and Diesel.

  • Angel for Men is his secret weapon, a perfume with a chocolatey fragrance that never fails to work.

  • To get rid of stress, he believes in reading, playing an instrument, exercising or even sleeping. For him, working out is the best mantra for alleviating stress.

  • Loves listening to R & B, Hip-Hop and other genres of easy listening music.

  • Also loves travelling, and two of his favorite places are London and the Caribbean. In India, it is Goa, Ooty and Cochin.

  • Hobbies : Dancing, acting, reading, gym.

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