Kukoo, a transgender bar dancer in Sacred Games, is a character that is not just well-written but also brilliantly portrayed.
In conversation with ScoopWhoop, Kubbra talked about her journey from the corporate offices of Dubai to the film sets of Mumbai and nailing the role of Kukoo.
Kubbra, who holds a degree from the National Institute of Management and Science, never thought of becoming an actor as a child. The childhood dream was actually ‘to be famous’.
She further added the day I graduated, I wanted to come to Mumbai. But my mom told me, ‘Mumbai is a very difficult and wild city. I have a friend in Dubai, so why don’t you move there’. So, I moved to Dubai and worked there for 5 years.
Kubbra worked at Microsoft in Dubai, but decided to do something else because she realized that ‘the Microsoft job is very boring, and wouldn’t work’.
About entering in this Industry she said “I think it’s difficult for anybody to enter the industry. I don’t think there is any formula to make it in the industry. You need to be at it, though you may have different strategies. Because I worked in the corporate industry, the way I understand it easier, is that it would be unfair to say that today I’ve joined this industry so I should be the CEO of the industry today itself. I know I need to pick the one thing I’m good at and then build my way up to CEO. That’s the way I look at it. Though everyone has a different perspective. But that has been my only driving force – I want to do what I am supposed to do and I am gonna do it well, and I am gonna work my way up.”
Where do I begin… I didn’t know where it all started. A hint is all I had, A flicker, that flamed into reality. (After hosting the red carpet for a few years now, I walked one like a champ. I’m still reeling it all in.) . . . . The hearts that made me feel like a bloody starlet last night: @shayal (Baby you know I am eternally grateful to you, for NOT allowing me to style myself). @raj_mukadam for making my messy tresses look like BOMB, and NO, I didn’t spill a pin, even with all the monkeying around. @kashmiraaofficial for making me blush in your outfit. @sacredgames_tv you are special and I can’t wait to see me in it… 6th July. Photo courtesy: Swapnil @sharpshooter_swap
Kubbra, who starred in brief roles in movies like Ready and Sultan, and even appeared in web series like Going Viral, finally landed the audition for Sacred Games.
“Ankur Tiwari, a friend of mine, told me that he had big news for me – an audition for Anurag’s show – and he wanted me to do it well. When I asked him what is involved, he said maybe a little frontal nudity, but he told me that he thought I was very confident and I would kill it. Honestly, he had more confidence in me than I had. But I went for the audition, and I got to know about Kukoo from Mukesh Chhabra’s (casting director) team. They were very helpful, they helped me out with the scene and we did what we had to and I think we nailed it when we only had ten days turnaround time, from the audition to the shooting.”
Well, for Kubbra Sait, her talented stint in Sacred Games will hopefully open more avenues of work for her. And that’s something that her Mom, who also acts as her manager and is loving called Momager, will definitely guide her through!