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Kubbra Sait: "To play someone so driven and lethal as Phara in 'Foundation' takes a toll on you mentally"

The 'Sacred Games' actor on her international debut in the sci-fi series 'Foundation' on Apple TV + where she plays a feisty character named Phara.

October 30, 2021 / 06:37 PM IST
Actor Kubbra Sait as Phara  in 'Foundation' on Apple TV.

Actor Kubbra Sait as Phara in 'Foundation' on Apple TV.

After playing the transgender woman Kuckoo in the critically-acclaimed Sacred Games on Netflix, Kubbra Sait was game for a new challenge. So when she was offered the role of Phara in the book-to-screen adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi book series Foundation, she gave it her all. Her international debut, with director David S. Goyer, sees her rubbing shoulders with the likes of Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Terrence Mann and Laura Birn.

In an interview, she spoke about her role and the mental and physical prep it required. Excerpts:

How has the reaction been to the series and particularly, to your role?

The reaction has been overwhelming, humbling and fantastic! I had to keep things under wraps for a very long time, and the shoot process also kept me away for nearly a year. During those times, I could not speak about anything, and everyone thought I was on a long holiday in the Canary Islands and Ireland. Now when my friends and family have finally discovered where I was and what I was doing while the world stood still, they are amazed and their reaction is priceless. Over and above, the show is aired in over 100 countries across the globe, so I am pinching myself at the scale of this. It has resulted in a whole new audience base and I am constantly grateful and enjoying the moment.