'Mardaani' (Yash Raj Films/Facebook)
'Mardaani' (Yash Raj Films/Facebook)Yash Raj Films/Facebook

Rani Mukerji's recently released "Mardaani" has witnessed some growth in its business on the second day.

The crime drama took a below average opening, by raking in ₹3.46 crore on the opening day. However, the film saw a jump in its collections on the second day. It earned ₹4.75 crore on Saturday (23 August) and its two-day collections now amount to ₹8.21 crore at the Indian box office, according to Bollywood Hungama.

Directed by Pradeep Sarkar, "Mardaani" is about a crime branch officer, who is in pursuit of the mastermind behind the child trafficking ring. The film received decent reviews from critics as well as from the audience. Although the crime drama took an average opening, its collections improved on the second day, owing to the positive word of mouth.

If "Mardaani" shows some more improvement on Sunday, it is likely to end its first weekend on a decent note. However, it will be interesting to see whether the film manages to hold well during the weekdays.

With Ajay Devgn's "Singham Returns" performing well in its second week, "Mardaani" could face strong competition at the box office.

If the Mukerji starrer sustains its business during weekdays, it could fetch decent collections at the box office until the release of new films. 

Emraan Hashmi's "Raja Natwarlal" is releasing on 29 August. The release of the new film might affect "Mardaani" business. There are a string of releases set for September, including Priyanka Chopra's "Mary Kom" and Arjun Kapoor-Deepika Padukone's "Finding Fanny", which could further dent the film's business prospects. The crime drama has only one week (till 28 August) to mint decent collections.

"Mardaani" is Mukerji's first film to release after her marriage to director/producer Aditya Chopra. The actress won appreciation from critics for her role as a tough cop. The film also has Jisshu Sengupta, Tahir Bhasin, Priyanka Sharma and Akhilesh Verma in pivotal roles.

"Mardaani" is produced by Chopra under his Yash Raj Films banner.