Kubbra Sait makes grand entrance in Isaac Asimov Foundation TV adaptation

It has always been a complicated project for Hollywood but it has finally reached a screen near you… in your living room via Apple TV +

Mathure Paul


Posted on 08.10.21, 23:58

The Isaac Asimov Foundation is a story with layers of themes, an interplay of technology, religion and government. Inspired by Edward Gibbon’s classic The Story of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, in Asimov’s series, humanity fights a galactic descent through thousands of years of barbarism, giving way to a story that is relevant even in the age of the “big data” society. . It has always been a complicated project for Hollywood, but it finally made it to a screen near you… in your living room, via Apple TV +. Foundation is one of the most richly edited shows on television, sometimes appearing too ambitious but the next minute it’s intriguing.

Asimov’s essays and books had a lot to say, as did this show. And helping it shine and stay captivating for TV audiences are times when showrunner David S. Goyer deviates from the source material, as with the character Phara, played by none other than Kubbra Sait, who makes a big splash. brilliant entry towards the end of the third episode with a simple but effective line: “Easy. Drop your gun.

“As a concept where anything is possible and the bigger things can be achieved with the least or the most effort, I think that was something that was passed on to me in the script and I think it was ‘was good enough. When you get a call from Tess Joseph (casting director) saying, “I need you”, you really don’t ask too many questions. You are going to ready to deliver to your audition. She was very quiet about it and said, “Well, we can’t tell you what this is for, but I just need you to practice well.” We did well. We got a reminder and the next thing I know is it’s the Isaac Asimov Foundation. Then there was more – David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman conceptualized it. Then when we started shooting I found out that I was working with Alex Graves, who directed (a few episodes of) Game of Thrones, ”Sait said on a video call.

“We are still the people that we are”

For Goyer, the worlds created by Asimov in the novels are surprisingly timeless. Empires fall all the time. Right now, in the midst of a global pandemic, the world is going through these absolutely massive upheavals. It was something that clouded the mind of the 38-year-old actress. “I would sometimes read these lines and just laugh. I’m like how, how? There are lines that were obviously designed to sort of say what’s going on in the world today. So there is a beautiful bridge, a seamless bridge between 50 years ago and today. And to think that we are really not that different because we are a kind of humanity that exists or survives after the great fall. We are in a different galaxy but we are still human beings, we are still the people that we are.

Sait has taken several milestones with his work on the streaming platforms, Sacred Games to Illegal, while his big screen career has been equally enviable. But the Apple TV + show puts her on a global basis, which she is well aware of.

“I like the way people think that going to the West and working there spoils you. I think it’s an experience, right? I can’t go to an Indian restaurant and eat Chinese food. It just doesn’t make sense, so when you go to a Chinese restaurant you are enjoying Chinese food. You have to have the breadth of your mind to experience both. Instead of being spoiled, if you can learn something, and then mix the two … I think that’s what builds a repertoire; it’s what adds to the confidence and it’s what adds to the experience. If I had had the time, resources and means and had gone to a theater or drama school just to learn this trade, I probably wouldn’t have learned as much as I did. doing what I have on the job. Here I only worked with the best, ”said Sait.

Kubbra Sait recently shared her look for the Apple TV + Foundation show on her Instagram page.

Bring its uniqueness to the scene

While the show adheres to the core of Asimov’s creative writing, to appeal to contemporary audiences and to better reflect the world as we know it today, some changes have been made. In the early days of science fiction, women tended to be auxiliary characters. So the gender reversal has taken place to some extent when Sait’s role is not there in the literary work, which also helped her.

“I was extremely lucky to be a part of this massive adaptation, but luckily my character hasn’t appeared in any of these books. So I could manage not to necessarily read the books, but to answer what science fiction is to me, I don’t think I was ever the person who was immediately drawn to science fiction. So not having a plethora of knowledge around the science fiction universe actually helped me perform because I was able to bring my uniqueness on this international stage… to this setup. I think, more importantly, it brought in a certain degree of individuality, which is exactly what David intended to capture. He wanted each planet to be different. He wanted everyone on the planet to be different, to sound different. “

And after working on this show, she is more than ever in awe of Asimov’s works. “So many films have been inspired by his books… by Isaac Asimov and his thoughts on how robotics should work in the world we live in and its implications on our lives… he wrote all of this decades ago. He was truly an avant-garde writer.

The few Foundation episodes that aired were praised by fans of the science fiction genre. The praise for his role in the series is mounting. “What interests me personally as an artist and as a performer of the series is that the writers, producers and the network itself have so much faith in the content they have created, that they’re like, “We know it’s worth everyone’s time.” I know everyone’s going to watch it, understand it but more importantly absorb it and I think with the last days when we sat at home and thoughtlessly binging things, even that lets you simmer.

And it helps that a new episode of the show airs every Friday instead of all the episodes coming together. “Personally, I’m old school and love the old-fashioned TV format. It’s exciting when it’s Friday and I want to watch a new episode of Foundation. I want to watch the next episode and it becomes something that you do with your friends or with your family and you’re like, “Can’t wait to be there”.

The Foundation is giving Sait so much global attention that Sait’s presence gives Apple TV + to keep a promise, a promise to have more stars from Asia in its unique programming mix. And she is open to working on the web as much as in films. “Foundation is probably one of the biggest shows when we talk about the web itself. And being supported by Apple TV +, which is the bearer of this program, it has been an incredible journey. Why should I put myself in a box when I can be fluid? We’re all human beings and art is fluid, so if I get the chance to make a great movie, I’ll go for it. And if I’m doing something that’s on the web that’s a great story, then I’ll join me. I think it’s the spirit, I want to be associated with great stories.

After all, change is constant and while it can be frightening, we continually go through cycles of revolution, a theme addressed on the show. Humans have succeeded not because they are the fastest or the strongest, but because they are the smartest. And in order to continue to be successful, we have to stay smart, which Kubbra Sait knows well.

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