At the Expandables Awards here on Sunday, Upen spoke about his experience in the southern film industry and his upcoming entertainer "Boomerang", directed by R Kannan.
"It feels really exciting. I feel very lucky to have been a part of Shankar's 'I' as my debut into the south film industry. I had many offers after it but I wanted to experience working with another big director with a great vision. So, I was waiting for the right project, and 'Boomerang' was the perfect film," Upen said.
He describes the film as a "thriller with a great script and a great story".
"The makers were looking for an actor who wasn't a typical villain. They wanted an antagonist who could match up to the hero's persona," said the actor, who began shooting for the movie last month.
Asked if it's the co-actors, the director or the script that makes him want to do a film, the "36 China Town" actor said: "More than actors, it is actually the storytellers that I like to work with. For me, it's about the director's vision and the story.
"I have always done movies that I believe in. If you look at Hindi cinema or my work in south, I have always had a gap of one year before I do another movie. I try my best to look for the right script and role. I want to work in films that I would enjoy shooting and the audience would like to watch."
"Boomerang" features Atharvaa Murali in a prominent role, with Megha Akash, Sathish, RJ Balaji, and Suhasini Maniratnam as co-stars.
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