Kubbra Sait on being bullied: “I was called ‘Cobra’ in school”

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Actor Kubbra Sait’s debut as an author will happen on June 27, that’s when her maiden work, ‘Open Book will release in stores, as announced by HarperCollins India.

Recently, in an interview, Kubbra opened up about the “bullying” she faced growing up and how she captured that experience in her book. Kubbra Sait made her Bollywood debut in the Salman Khan and Asin starrer ‘Ready’ in 2011.

Kubbra was born in Bangalore and her debut project ‘Ready’ featured her in a small role. She has later on worked in movies like, ‘Jawaani Jaaneman’, ‘Sultan’, ‘City of Life’ and ‘Dolly Kitty Aur Who Chamakte Sitare’. Her breakthrough role which got her noticed like no other was in Netflix’s popular series, ‘Sacred Games’. Her last appearance was in the Apple TV+ series, ‘Foundation’.

In her interview with ETimes, as reported by HT, Kubbra spoke about her new book and she recalled the time she was bullied in school and how kids would call her Medusa and Cobra.

She said, “My name’s Kubbra, I was called Cobra. My hair was curly, I was called Medusa. I have never allowed anyone to body shame me but I was bullied in school because of the colour of my eyes. Today I will not meet someone on a date 2 if they haven’t already complimented my eyes on date 1 (Laughs). But the same eyes changed me. I didn’t embrace my name for the longest time. I would have changed it long back if I had a choice. Only when I looked into the meaning of the name (Kubbra means ‘the great one’) did I understand the energy that my name was giving me. How can I not make my life worthwhile?”

Kubbra further added, “I used to have a fake laugh to be seen and heard. I would be the last one to laugh in a room so that people would notice me and someone pointed that out to me. We don’t realise how much our past memories affect us. I didn’t want these stories to buried inside. I went through highs and lows and wrote it in a non-linear way so that anyone can read it from anywhere.” As per a press release released by the publisher of her book, Kubbra’s ‘Open Book consists of 24 chapters and each chapter is idiosyncratically named inspired by the important theme which outlines the narrative of that particular chapter.

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