Expectation on “Mardaani” was huge after receiving good reviews from film critics but it failed to storm the box office on the first day. The crime drama, which marks Rani Mukherjee’s comeback to Bollywood after a long hiatus, made a poor opening, earning ₹8 crore.
Produced by Aditya Chopra and directed by Pradeep Sarkar, “Mardaani” features Rani Mukherjee, Tahir Bhasin and Jisshu Sengupta in the lead roles. It was released in over 1300 screens on Friday, 22 August.
According to India TV, the film collected ₹8 crore on the opening day. It had a decent occupancy in the morning but failed to pick in the evening. However, Bollywood Hungama reported that ₹3.46 crore on the first day.
The opening day collection was not impressive but it still did better than other women-centric movies of the past like “Queen” and “Gulaab Gang.” The revenue of “Mardaani” may increase in the next few days, as movies with woman in the lead role usually pick up late. Good word of mouth mayalso help pull in more crowd during the weekend
The hype around the film is not up to the expectations but there is no denying the fact that Rani Mukherjee fans will be eager to see her again on the big screen. It is sort of challenge both for the makers of the film as well as the actress, as most women-oriented film in Bollywood failed at the box office in the past. Moreover, it is very rare to see films with married women in the lead role to succeed.
The film got an “A” certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification despite killing some objectionable scenes, becoming the first film from Yash Raj banner to get such rating. The film, which addresses the issue of human trafficking, will not see the light of the day in neighbouring country, Pakistan after the makers of the film refused to delete a few scenes as demanded by the Film Censor Board, arguing it would take away the very essence of the movie.
The “Black” actress plays the role of a tough Mumbai Crime Branch cop, who takes on the child trafficking mafia. The film revolves around her character and her attempt to save a girl kidnapped by hardcore criminals.
Rani received lots of praises from film critics for her performance in the movie. Here is what critics have to say about the actress’ performance in the film:
Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV wrote in his review that “Mardaani is obviously Rani Mukerji’s film and she dominates the show all the way through.”
Rohit Khilnani of India Today wrote: “Book your tickets for Mardaani and watch Rani Mukherji in action. She will blow your mind!”
Anupama Chopra from Hindustan Times: “The best thing about Mardaani is the performances, led of course by Rani. She imbues Shivani with steely resolve but also gives her emotional depth. There is a wonderful pre-interval scene in which her family gets caught in the cross-fire.”
(Image Credit: Screenshot from “Mardaani” Official Trailer)