The latest addition to the list of big budget movies made in Sandalwood is Contract. It not only boasts of a whopping budget of Rs. 15 crore, but also stars some of the popular young faces from Bollywood. According to reports, Bollywood actress Minissha Lamba has been roped in to play the lead role in the upcoming Sandalwood venture.
Romancing her onscreen is Arjun, who is all set to stage a comeback to Sandalwood with Contract. The Bollywood connection in Contract does not end with Minnisha though. Joining her will be Mallika Sherawat, who will reportedly do an item number for the Ramachandra production. The producer candidly admits that he initially had actress Anushka Sharma in mind for Minnisha Lamba"s role in Contract.
However, with things not working out between the crew and Anushka, the next best option was Minnisha. With names like Arjun, Minnisha Lamba and Mallika Sherawat to boast of and a million dollar budget set aside for the film Contract sure sounds like a superhit in the making.
Bollywood actresses going down south to try their luck in South Indian cinema is not an unheard news. From Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who started out with a Mani Ratnam's South Indian flick, to Katrina Kaif, every leading Bollywood actress has ventured down south. Though the growth of the Sandalwood film industry in South India has been slow, it has not prevented filmmakers and producers from investing large amount of money, which go into the making of good films.