Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known as a tough master to work with, he has that reputation. Not only Ranbir Kapoor but any actor who works with him has one basic thing to say about the Padmavati director and that how hard he works and how hard he makes you work.
Ranbir said in the interview with Film Companion, “I started with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and he doesn’t do anything less than 45 takes. So even if I have to turn my head, I probably will have to give 50 takes. In Jabse Tere Naina, I had to roll back in a certain way and the towel had to fall and my leg was showing and it was one shot where I had to get up and sing. He is very particular about what beat you catch; he is a very musical director. I did 45 or 50 takes one day and my back really broke and out of sympathy he said, ‘Okay I’ll manage’.”
Now when Ranbir comes back to the set, “The next morning, he said he hasn’t got it and I had to do another 70 takes.”
It was sure not a wise decision for star-kid like Ranbir Kapoor to choose to work with none other than, Mr. Bhansali, on his very first film. Though it was extremely difficult for him to cope with such pressure and expectation but now he finds 8-9 takes very basic and normal without any shame. The Barfi has now gone zen mode on takes and says “So now when somebody takes eight takes, ten takes, it’s nothing.”