Rani Mukherji's action drama film "Mardaani" managed to pull the crowds during the weekend, taking its three days box office collection to ₹14.46 crore.
"Mardaani" directed by Pradeep Sarkar started on a slow note, but due to positive reviews and word of mouth the business of the film increased on Saturday and Sunday.
The film on Friday minted ₹3.46 crore, on Saturday the collection went up by almost 30 percent and it minted ₹4.75 crore. But on Sunday the film witnessed tremendous growth in its business.
It fared in ₹6.25 crore on third day to take its overall total to ₹14.46 crore, according to Bollywood Hungama.
"Mardaani" is an action drama film featuring Mukherji in the crime branch inspector role. The film was released in limited number of screens in India, but the positive word of mouth helped the movie to take its three day total to a decent note.
This year more than four women oriented films were released including "Gulaab Gang", "Dedh Ishqiya", "Queen" and the latest one "Mardaani". But only "Queen" had showed superb jump in its collection and now "Mardaani" is following the same route.
However, the opening weekend total of "Mardaani" (₹14.46 crore) is still better than "Queen" (₹10 crore).
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday announced that the film would be given tax free status in the state.
Chouhan took to Twitter to announce the news. In a series of tweet he posted on Twitter, Chouhan praised Mukherji and the director for focusing on human trafficking issue.
"We will give 'tax free' status to 'Mardaani' in Madhya Pradesh considering the bold social message conveyed by it," he tweeted.
"After a very long time went along with family to watch a movie. 'Mardaani' turned out to be soul stirring saga highlighting a societal evil."
"Trafficking of young girls and women is worst evil which needs to be eliminated. 'Mardaani' has brought it into focus."
"I congratulate Rani Mukherjee for a wonderful and powerful performance in 'Mardaani'. Aditya Chopra has done well to produce this movie."