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I've Learnt To Be Choosy, Says Upen Patel

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Updated:August 6, 2017, 11:54 AM IST
I've Learnt To Be Choosy, Says Upen Patel
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This handsome hunk has always made a mark, courtesy his masculine charm. His features and his charming personality is what dreams are made of, and actor Upen Patel is a perfect gentleman - we were completely charmed and bowled over in an exclusive chat with the star, who is riding high on all the critical appreciation he has been receiving.

You're known to take long gaps between your films, would you say you're choosy and what does one need to survive in Indian showbiz industry?

I've learnt to be choosy but I love working, I'm a workaholic and I wish I could be doing 10 films a year but it’s not possible. I don't take gaps willingly but I wait for a script that I believe in as it's important for me. I take up work that I enjoy and can only hope with all the appreciation I've been receiving that more talented film makers will start to believe in me.

What were your struggle like as an outsider and what do you think is the one thing that sets you apart from the other actors?

I can't comment on others but I know my strengths and weaknesses, and I am someone who can't be outworked. I'm dedicated to my craft and completely focused on growing as an artist and a performer. I know that the harder I work, the luckier I get.

Your last two films S. Shankars "I" and Suneel Dardshan's "Ek Haseena Thi Ek Dewana Tha" you have received huge praises for your performances. Do you feel you're beginning to get your due as an actor now?

I'm humbled by all the praises from the critics and audience and grateful that these makers believed in me as an actor and gave me the roles that not only had substance but also allowed me to showcase my ability as an actor. I've learnt so much about cinema over the years and I've grown as a performer but I know I have a long way to go because I have so much more to achieve as an artist, so the best of me is yet to come

Do you feel Nepotism exists in the industry and makes it harder for outsiders like you to get established?

Nepotism exists in every industry including Bollywood and it may help you get a faster footing into the film world but only the audience can decide our fate as actors. In today's time its all about talent and hard work, that's what will allow you to last in this industry.

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