Upen Patel has just returned from a mini schedule of AJAB PREM KI GHAZAB KAHANI from Ooty. Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi and produced by Ramesh Taurani of TIPS, the film stars Ranbir Kapoor in the lead along with Katrina Kaif. However, the surprise package is touted to be Upen Patel who has a special appearance in the film.
''So what if it is a special appearance'', says Upen who continues to have big film makers back him ever since Abbas Mustan launched him in 36 CHINA TOWN, ''When someone of the stature of Rajkumar Santoshi calls, you neither ask question nor carry any doubts. You just report to work. This is what happened when he said that he wanted me to be cast in the film.''
Though he refuses to divulge about his role in the film, Upen admits that Santoshi's knack of extracting powerhouse performances from his actors is what prompted him to go for the role. ''I could rattle down the list of each of his films so far and how every film has at least one actor stand out due to a great performance. But then we all know his films and how he works for his actors.'' He refuses to bite the bait when asked if he, Ranbir and Karrina form a part of a conventional love triangle in AJAB PREM KI GHAZAB KAHANI. Choosing to bypass the question, he only replies, ''I am looking at enhancing my skills while shooting for the film. I am working harder on my Hindi diction and want to make sure that the performance gets noticed.''
Majority of critics have been noticing the rise of the young man who began with two successful films - 36 CHINA TOWN and NAMASTEY LONDON - before SHAKALAKA BOOM BOOM proved to be a setback. However, he returned with a successful ONE TWO THREE even though he had minimal part to play in the film. A few weeks back when MONEY HAI TO HONEY HAI released and bombed, he was one of the few people in the film who were appreciated for their comic timing.
''Well, there has been an increase in acceptance over the period of time. I am sure I would win the balance critics as well over a period of time'', quips Upen.