Kangana Ranaut starrer Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is doing a wonderful business at the box office. The movie is based on the life of Rani Laxmibai and showcases her struggle for Independence. It earned Rs 8.75 crore on its opening day and witnessed growth on day 2 due to Republic Day. Manikarnika collected Rs 5.10 crore on Monday and the total collection now stands at Rs 47.65 crore. It is fighting the box office battle with Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Thackeray.

A look at the collection of the movie:

Day 1 – Rs 8.75 Crore
Day 2- Rs 18.1 Crore
Day 3 – Rs 15.70 Crore
Day 4 – Rs 5.10 Crore
Total = Rs 47.65 Crore

Along with acting, Kangana has also made her directorial debut with the movie. She helmed the project with Radha Krishna Jagarlmudi. Right from the beginning, the movie has been mired in controversies. Recently, the director opened up about how the actress took over the project. He told IANS, “I remained quiet until the release. I had to remain quiet for the sake of the film and for the entire team which worked so hard on the film. But now, if I don’t speak about what Kangana did to the film I’d be doing a disservice to all our hard work… I’d say what I directed was pure gold. Kangana turned it into silver. I had to set the record straight. I needed a proper closure for my film. Manikarnika is my baby.”
He went on to say that Sonu Sood’s ouster from the movie was just to satisfy her ego.

Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is bankrolled by Zee Studios in association with Kamal Jain & Nishant Pitti. Along with Kangana, it also features Ankita Lokhande, Danny Dengzopa, Jisshu Sengupta and Atul Kulkarni.

On a related note, the actress will next be seen sharing the screen space with Rajkummar Rao in Mental Hai Kya.