Actor Ranbir Kapoor made his debut within the Hindi movie trade with filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya in 2007. In his interviews, he admitted that the movie’s set turned a college for him, and he learnt many issues from Bhansali. One of these was not being shy in giving a number of takes as a result of in Saawariya he gave 70 takes only for one shot.
In an earlier interview with Film Companion, Ranbir had shared that Bhansali is a director who wouldn’t settle in something lower than 45 takes for a scene, even when it simply requires an actor to show his head. He recalled how whereas capturing for the ‘towel-song’, “Jab Se Tera Naina” he needed to fall from the chair 70 occasions earlier than Bhansali received that good shot.
Ranbir narrated, “There was a shot in this so-called ‘towel song’ Jab Se Tere Naina, where I had to roll back on this chair and fall down and the towel had to fall in a certain way with my leg showing and there was one shot where I was lying down laughing and I had to get up and sing a song. He’s very particular about what beat you catch, he’s a very musical director – you fall on this beat, you lift your head here, you laugh here – everything is musical. I did 45 or 50 takes one day and my back really broke. So, he was all sympathetic and said ‘I will manage’.”
But the subsequent day, Ranbir was once more doing the identical shot. “The next morning when I came back, he said, ‘No, I’ve not got it’ and I had to do another 70 takes,” the actor shared. However, giving so many takes for one shot made Ranbir affected person sufficient to present as many takes as a director requires of him.
Ranbir additionally credit Bhansali for studying the worth of ‘sacrifice’ in life. He stated, “He instiled this value in me that you need to sacrifice a certain personal life, fun or something that stardom will give you because it will take away from certain believability and empathy that you will feel for your character. It may sound strange, but that sacrifice holds a great value in my life.”
Saawariya additionally marked the Bollywood debut of Sonam Kapoor. The movie additionally starred Rani Mukerji and Salman Khan.