Model-turned-actress Kubra Sait has earned rave reviews for her portrayal of a transgender character in Sacred Games, but her love-making scenes with Nawazuddin Siddiqui—and a nude scene in particular—have raised hackles. Speaking to Arshia Dhar, she spells out why Netflix’s first web series has taken content in Indian cinema to a different plane. Excerpts:
Did you anticipate the kind of reaction you are getting for Sacred Games?
I knew we were creating something beautiful and iconic. This is special. I feel so loved.
What kind of preparation went into playing such a character, that barely has reference points outside the stereotypical in Indian cinema?
It was the heart of it that mattered the most. This character required us to treat her with respect. She wears her persona with panache. It was fresh, real and raw.
Some critics are raising questions over some of your character’s scenes.