Since Sacred Games happened to us, we cannot think of anyone else but Kubbra Sait to play “Cuckoo” now. She not just played a badass transgender role conveniently but won the challenge of exploring the character’s emotional space brilliantly. We can see her in Ranveer Singh starrer Gully Boy that got released recently. Kubbra is a perfect combination of beauty and brain and has been an acclaimed model, host and anchor.
Blows out candles on 27th July 1983.
Early Life: Sait was born to Mohammed Hadid and Yasmin Sait in Bangalore. She has a younger brother, Danish Sait who’s a famous Radio Jockey. Kubbra completed her schooling from New Horizon Public School, Bangalore and college from Jyoti Nivas College before getting a BBA degree from National Institute of Information and Management Science in finance/marketing. In spite of having a troublesome childhood due to parents’ separation and low confidence, she transformed herself into a leading host and anchor.
Dubai and A White-collar Job: Kubbra Sait shifted to Dubai in 2005 as a high-ranking Microsoft employee in the field of accounts management. However, she always wanted to be in the limelight and said that her job of Microsoft was ‘boring’.
Hosting and Modelling: Kubbra started hosting shows and taking parts in beauty pageants. She won “Miss Personality” in Miss India World Wide in 2009. Later she did several well-known modelling commercials.
Leaving Job and coming to Mumbai: As Sait said she wanted to be famous and tried to test her luck in Bollywood, she came to Mumbai after leaving her well-paid job of Microsoft in Dubai. A couple of “blink-and-miss” stints in movies like Salman Khan’s Ready(2011), Jodi Breakers (2012), I love NY(2015), and a good role in Sultan (2016) was part of his initial filmography. Recently she has done a cameo role in Gully Boy of Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt. Her next film is Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare with Konkona Sen Sharma and Bhumi Pednekar in the lead.
Sacred Games: Without having any prior learning from acting-schools, Kubbra aced the character of Cuckoo in Sacred Games of Anurag Kashyap. She got to know about the casting opportunity from Mukesh Chhabra’s company and thanked them to help her immensely while playing this role. Kashyap is known for his perfection during casting, made her shot the nude scene where Cuckoo’s transgender identity is revealed to Gaitonde for seven times.
In Kubbra’s words, Kashyap poured her a glass of whiskey and read her lines with complete emotion
Sorry Haan, Ek Baar aur, one more time. Don’t hate me, I know you hate me.
She is a director’s actress and a devoted one to give her best while playing a character. Although her character is dead now in Sacred Games, we all are looking forward to seeing her in the second season of the series, maybe in flashbacks.
TV/Web: Kubbra is known for her oratory skills and her calibre in this field can be witnessed in YouTube programmes like PepTalk with Kubbra Sait, TedX Speaker in SJC Bangalore, The Storyteller Custard Cuddles & Catastrophe, Getting Periods for the First Time, Kommune and so on.
Before Sacred Games, she did another web series for Amazon Prime, Going Viral with Kunal Roy Kapoor. In 2018, she was seen in Fourplay from AltBalaji.
- Kubbra is a traveller and loves adventure sports like bungee jumping, scuba diving, rafting, hiking etc.
- Kubbra started hosting at an earlier age and her first show as a host was at Padmashree Institute of Physiotherapy, Bangalore when she was just 12.
- She is a fan of Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan as well as Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Sushmita Sen.
- Her brother Danish Sait and she had a troublesome childhood due to their parents’ separation and Kubbra was like his mother and not just an elder sister.
- She was associated with Prithvi Theatre and after starting doing hosting, didn’t get enough time for the theatre. Kubbra occasionally reached out to eminent theatre personality, Markand Deshpande who said “Tu Paise Bana” during her hosting days
- She had a Parsi boyfriend named Cyrus Mistry
- Kubbra has an adorable kitten whose name is Shifu Sait, quite a family.
Follow her on Instagram @kubbrasait