A girl whose confidence was crushed by her school teachers, she wandered the dark alleys of Bollywood but met her destiny.

Actress Kubra Sait, who won critical acclaim for the Netflix series Sacred Games, has described her struggles and life journey in the film industry in her biography ‘Open Book’. Read what he said…

Kubra San has included important things from his film career and personal life in his biography Open Book: Not Quiet a Memoir.

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netflix Sacred Games Series Actress Kubra Sait, who received critical acclaim for (2018), is also a writer. He has also acted in films like Ready (2011), Sultan (2016), Gully Boy (2019), Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare (2020) and RK/RKay (2022). HarperCollins India earlier this year published his biography Open Book : It is not a memoir. If you are curious about the journey of ‘outsiders’ in the film world who do not come from Bollywood families, this is a celebrity book that you will love.

He recalls his first professional shoot with Munna S for his portfolio and says “she is one of the most sought after photographers in Mumbai”. Sait couldn’t afford his fees, so he asked actor Sonu Sood for a discount. He met Sood while working with Sood on Ali F Mustafa’s film City of Life (2009). Sait writes, “I’m telling you, connections work everywhere. Instead of Rs 1 lakh for sixteen photographs, Munna did ten photo shoots for Rs 45,000.”

How did you land the role of Kuku in Sacred Games?

This is an interesting story, Sait has told in detail in this book. One day, when Sait was at a shop in Bandra, Mumbai, he met musicians Ankur Tiwari and Swanand Kirkire. They talked for a while and then Sait left. The same evening, Tiwari sent him a message: “I have something for you. I want you to give your best.” A few weeks later, Tiwari returned to Sait and told him that he would get a call from filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. Kashyap is looking for someone to play a character. Kashyap asked Tiwari to suggest the name. Tiwari mentioned Sait.

This will make you believe why luck, networking and being in the right place at the right time are important in Bollywood. Sait learned the hard way that talent alone was not enough. He had to prepare himself to say yes to opportunities that might have seemed strange to him at first. For example, he had to agree to wear a prosthetic penis to play a transgender woman in the Sacred Games. He achieved this memorable role by getting rid of obstructive thinking.

Sait did not grow up with the mindset of an actor. She writes, “It’s a mistake to ‘learn to know everything’ during our studies. It’s a label that shows that sometimes you’re basically stupid.” She questions this thinking with examples from her own life. His first job was selling cookies outside a shop in a mall. She has also worked in an IT company, then was a marketing executive in a multinational company. For a short time he was a radio jockey and hosted many shows. He also worked at Microsoft.

This writer believes that exposing yourself to opportunities and experiences is not a waste of time. They give people the time and skills they need to discover themselves. Although he does not offer it as a recipe, but this thought worked for him. He writes about getting an assignment for “a unique idea.” He writes, “She stood out among people who had been doing the same thing for a decade or more.”

If you’re interested in Sait’s relationship with the Danish actor, comedian and TV presenter, this book will tell you a lot. She writes, “I can’t even tell you how much I love him. As a kid, I used to feel a sense of ownership over them. He had a motherly relationship with me…Danish played with my Barbies, and I played with his his GI Jose. He had good times as well as challenges. Sait does not shy away from talking about the efforts made during this trip.

Talking about his personal life, Sait also writes about his parents, he reveals that his parents’ relationship was not good. This also affected his own dating as he wanted to have a relationship that he hadn’t seen between his parents. It is very important to engage in such a thoughtful act of explaining the privacy of your home, putting it on paper, and sharing it publicly. It would have taken a lot of courage for that.

With this book, Sait aims not only to tell his story but also to be a source of inspiration. You might not think of it as self-help literature, but it’s certainly a book that will move those who feel lost or defeated. It’s amazing to read how a girl, whose confidence was crushed by teachers at school, has grown into a woman who now feels sure of her place in the world and is constantly excited to rediscover herself.

(Chintan Girish Modi is a writer, coach and journalist who tweets at @chintanwriting)

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