Everyone is aware about Salman Khan
's change of plans which resulted in
his absence from the recently held Zee Cine Awards at London.
Apparently he was unhappy with the choice of choreographer for the
numbers he was required to perform during the function. However, not
many are aware about the man who stepped when organizers were looking
at Salman's replacement. It was the most unlikely of choices - Upen
Says Upen, "It was a matter of prestige for me to stepping for someone
of the stature of Salman bhai.
Upen Patel" src="/bollywood/images/uploads/upen_patel_big.jpg" align="right" border="" hspace="5" vspace="5"> When the organizers told me that just a
few hours from then I would have to be on the stage, I was a little
petrified. After all I would have had to come up with a decent
performance at the least even if it was at a short notice. However, I
couldn't say no when I heard the numbers I had to dance on and took up
Which were these tracks? "There were some full-on 'dhamaal' songs from
'Partner' on which I had to perform. Oh, how much I love such
mainstream songs like 'Maria' and 'O My Love'. I guess I went ahead and
did a fair job out there", says Upen who is continuing his stay in
London for a wee bit longer to be with his friends and family. He would
be back in Mumbai on Thursday.
"Life would be busy the moment I step in. I would be involved in the
promotion of my next film 'Money Hai To Honey Hai'. I am banking on it
in a big way because I seriously believe that 'this' would be my film.
I know how people have complained - rightly so - that I was hardly
there in 'One Two Three'. Well, even I never hid this fact, isn't it",
He continues, "I had a thoroughly enjoyable experience while working on
'Money Hai To Honey Hai'. Ganesh Acharya
is a fun man to work with.
Moreover, it was a delight to be working with senior people like
Govinda and Manoj Bajpai who are so down to earth and have absolutely
no airs around them. They made a conscious effort to make me feel
comfortable and took me under their wings."
What does the future hold for him?
"Things are going in the right direction and just the kind of pace I
was looking for. I am one of those fortunate people to be working with
some of the best film makers in the country today who also bring with
them good budget and the right promotional strategies. To be signed by
, Abbas-Mustan, Kumar M
angat and Zee are positive signs
and I am not going to let it all go away from me", signs off Upen.