Although in Sacred Games Kuku is only a minor character compared to those played by Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, she became one of the most well-known characters among fans and critics alike. Sacred Games Kukoo portrayal by actress Kubbra Sait was equal in terms of quality to some of the best acting in Indian cinema.

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Kubbra Sait is the actress behind the flamboyant character Kuku

Thanks to Netflix and Kubbra Sait's portrayal of Kukoo, we managed to have a character who is transgender without being meek and powerless. The character's charm and exuberance make the whole "Kukoo ka jadoo" genuine. As Gaitonde's relationship with her grows, even the reveal of her gender identity strikes a chord.

The most outstanding moment of Sacred Games Kuku comes just before her death when she painfully realizes she has to leave Gaitonde to make it on his own because their relationship is exactly what stands in his path to "greatness". The emotion expressed is mostly through Kubbra Sait's eyes, which further cements Kukoo as one of Gaitonde's biggest holes in his heart.

Even though she only appeared for only three episodes, Kukoo takes us through the journey of standing tall and confident, before the weight of social discrimination and personal vulnerabilities kicked her down until she could no longer survive in that world. Hard to imagine a better romantic couple between a criminal and a transgender than this one.

Just like Sacred Games Kukoo, actress Kubbra Sait is just as talented, beautiful, and deals with just as much drama. So today, we'll be having a look at the actress's growing career and what she has had to deal with since her breakout role.

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Who is Kubbra Sait?

Kubbra Sait managed to take away some of the limelight from the likes of Saif Ali Khan and Nawaz Siddiqui thanks to her character Kuku Sacred Games. Kuku is a transgender character in the Netflix India show based on Vikram Chandra's novel of the same name.

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Before auditioning for Sacred Games, Kubbra already did some acting and TV work

Prior to her breakout role, Kubbra was a TV host and actress in other productions. She was actually one of the TV hosts who won India's Best Female Emcee Award, so some of you might have recognized her. She appeared in various TV advertisements and movies.

The movies she was in included 'Ready and Sultan' with Salman Khan, and Kubbra hosted programs like Star Sports Pro Kabbadi and Stars Ka Tadka. She also appeared in TV ads for companies like Airtel, Tata Nano, Big Bazaar and TVS Wego. It's obvious that Kubbra has enough experience prior to Sacred Games Kuku, and she showed how much talent she has after the role.

Kubbra Sait talked about how the role of Kuku Sacred Games was transformative for her. “Sacred Games has actually turned out to be the most challenging experience of my acting career. Playing a transgender isn’t easy as there are hardly any references that you can source out and seek help from", said Kubbra.

The popularity and acclaim of Kubbra Sait are thanks to the show's own quality and fame. Ektaa Malik congratulated the show's sense of dread and plotline, saying: “For those who have read the original source material — the novel Sacred Games — they might find the series a bit jarring with regards to certain plot developments. But they only make the show edgier and more layered. Perhaps this is why even after the first four episodes, you are still undecided whom to root for. Which should register as a win in such games.”

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Dealing with annoying 'transgender' questions

Along with fame and popularity came drama and internet trolling, mostly as a result of the transgender role Kubra Sait played. Kubbra is often the target of gossip and rumor after playing Sacred Games Kuku, which people loved but also got people really curious and annoying.

The most common question which people asked the most about the actress is probably "Is she really a transgender person?" Kubbra Sait herself posted a photo of her on Instagram with the caption  "Did you ask me if I am "really" a Tranny or transsexual person, AGAIN?!?!" She probably wasn't referring to her own Instafam, so most likely she was addressing the annoying trolls who keep asking her that question.

But not the fans though, who wrote words of encouragement and support in the comments section. "I believe you've played an iconic character that will live forever... After Nawaz if there is any character that has the capacity to catch spotlight is yours," wrote one Instagram user. Another said: "Wow there are stupids asking this? Seriously. You are so beautiful and talented".

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The story of how Kubbra became Kuku

After appearing in TV series like 'Fourplay and Going Viral Pvt. Ltd.', and even appearing alongside Salman Khan in 'Ready and Sultan', it was being Sacred Games Kuku that made her really popular. Her character was killed off in the show only after three episodes, but the character and the actress still left a legacy and a big inspiration.

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Even the process of getting the role had a lot of 'transitions' for Kubbra Sait

The first original Netflix show from India got the whole country hungry for more, and Kubbra Sait playing Kuku Sacred Games also made a big impression on the audience. Director Anurag Kashyap proved that he still had what it takes to produce something as groundbreaking as Gangs of Wesseypur Part 1 & 2.

Kubra Sait had a minor role but the impact was major, drawing all kinds of attention from the media on how managed to land such an unorthodox role. About what made her agree to play Sacred Games Kuku, Kubra said:

“I was not sceptical even for a minute and I don’t know how I should explain this. For me, it was another opportunity, another phase to explore my craft as an actor. Also, look at the incredible names associated with it. I was like this is the opportunity for me. My first reaction was how am I going to nail the audition. It was not about wow, it’s a transgender, what will my mother or society say, I didn't think any of that. For me, it was my only shot of bagging a substantial role".

She then talked about the process of becoming her character from Sacred Games Kukoo:

“Within 10 days of the shoot, I realised that this is something that needs to be done with honesty. A lot went into building the character of Kukoo. Every day of shooting used to start with fun and end up in total exhaustion because at the end of the day I was carrying the heaviness of some other person on my back. So it was exhilarating and intense at the same time. But I never thought twice when this audition came my way".

Even the process of landing the role was quite difficult. Kubra had to audition four times before being deemed fit for Sacred Games Kuku, “It was a 4-step audition. My first one was just saying the line, the second was saying the line with my co-actor which was one of Mukesh Chabbra’s very capable team, then we had the dance test and the final was the look test".

"After I shot my breakdown scene I asked Anurag, I am still a part of this right? And he was like, ‘Of course yes, what’s wrong with you, you have given me Gold’. Apparently, after my third scene he called Netflix and said he got his Kukoo and now can go ahead with the show,” Kubra continued.

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The story of how Kubbra became Kuku (cont'd)

One of the things that stuck in people's minds the most was her nude scene in the show. About what she was thinking then, Kubbra said:

“I was in the moment, it was not like ‘ Oh my god mai nudity kar rahi hu’. Nothing. We do not have the time to think when you're acting from your soul. In the show, When I say ‘ Kya Dekhega, what you want to see’. It’s such an honest moment".

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Becoming a transgender was something very different from what she did previously

Kubbra was conscious about what she was doing and had no reservations about being nude. She said:

"I wasn’t shooting a porn film, I wasn’t becoming a pornstar. I was shooting and I was being somebody else with all honesty. I remember, the day when I was supposed to shoot this scene I asked all my friends to send me music that would allow me to calm down because I was very nervous and anxious because I had to cry and not because of frontal nudity. “

Kubbra even revealed that she got a lot of hate messages for going nude in the show,

“I have got tons of messages saying that am I really a transgender? I got a message from a friend saying that ‘I don’t believe that you have fallen so low for fame and money. I don’t think you should have done it’.

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People still question if Kubbra is really transgender, which is pretty ridiculous as you can see

She then spoke about the aftermath of doing such a unique role. She said:

"If I start letting all this affect me, how will I grow as a person. I do not pay attention to all this negativity. Also, you should take up challenging stuff in life otherwise how you will know what you are capable of. Same goes for the Indian audience; they have been served the same meal like Saas Bahu for years and they will not understand this at one go."

Kubbra continued: "But I believe there will come a point where the audience will educate themselves and understand and feel may be this is what happens in real life. Art is one form where you can say anything that you feel".

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The story of how Kubbra became Kuku (cont'd)

But Kubbra would not play another transgender character just because she had success being one on Sacred Games. She clearly stated:

“If its Kukoo again, I will do it, otherwise I won't. Kukoo has opened doors for me as an actor. People used to think that I am just an anchor, but today they know that I am even an actor. I am not going to play a transgender just for the sake of playing a transgender".

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Kubbra Sait would not just play a transgender again just because of previous success

Also, Kubbra doesn't care what trolls and haters have to think and say about her Sacred Games Kuku performance, because her dear mother loved her character anyway!

“My mom felt pride, she said she feels blessed; she even called Anurag and said 'I am grateful and so glad that Kubbra did so well.’ For me, my mother and my brother are the strongest support. My mom said she is proud of me and I was like ok I don’t give a rat's ass about anything now”.

Her confidence, talent, and dedication prove that Kubbra Sait has a lot more to give us than just Kuku Sacred Games!

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Why did Kubbra leave Sacred Games?

Despite having played one of the most successful characters in the show Sacred Games Kuku only appeared for a few episodes. So why did she leave the show after such a brief appearance? The character from the novel itself was even more minor, but TV show creators have the liberty to expand on the character however they want.

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The character Kuku made quite an impression on the audience

Kubbra Sait explained that the directors wanted to "kill" off the character for emotional impact: “Of course, it’s fiction at the end of the day and the director [Anurag Kashyap] decided to kill off the character, but that also worked for me because Kukoo’s death created a deep impact on the viewer.

“In Kukoo’s journey, there’s been so much said without being said. Thankfully, no one told me, ‘But you had a small role’. Believe me, that’s something I’ve been hearing all my life… ‘That small role you did, na?’ I have now come to the conclusion that there’s no character that’s small," Kubbra said.

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Despite the 'minor' role of the character, the impact of the character was certainly not minor

From the looks of it, even though Kubbra did not actually want to leave the show, but the director's creative direction didn't allow her to stay. But she was still happy that she got to play a character as special as Sacred Games Kuku. She said:

“I was unaware of how big Kukoo would become. I just left myself completely in Anurag’s hands… he did his job, while I did mine. I remember him telling me, ‘When everyone watches Kukoo and calls you, then you come and talk to me because you have no idea of the magic you’ve created’.”

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Regardless of what others think of her role, she and her mother were happy with it and that's all that matters!

Since appearing in Sacred Games, Kubbra Sait has appeared in 'RejctX', a TV series, and the movie 'The Verdict – State Vs Nanavati'. Let's hope she will make even more groundbreaking roles in the future!

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