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Sanjay Dutt's much-awaited comeback film, which was supposed to roll in August, has been plagued by reports stating that the project is likely to be shelved. And now, reports say that director Sidharth Anand, who was to direct Sanjay's comeback film "Badlaa," has instead decided to shoot his next "Fighter" starring Hrithik Roshan.

The film starring Hrithik will be an out-and-out action-adventure thriller and will go on the floors in November. This has left Sanjay disheartened, as he was preparing for his comeback film, DNA reports.

"Hrithik will start shooting for 'Fighter' from November this year. Fact is, Siddharth dumped Sanju for Hrithik. He told the producers of 'Badlaa' that he would get Alia Bhatt to do the film, then he said he would get Kriti Sanon on board, but now it seems like delaying tactics," DNA quoted a source as saying.

The source further said that Sidharth kept giving "finding actress" excuse to the makers of "Badlaa" and meanwhile narrated the story of "Fighter" to Hrithik.

"Finally, Siddharth managed to give Hrithik a narration in June and got a green signal from him. As soon as that happened, reports of 'Badlaa' being shelved surfaced. Sanju had no clue that he was ditched. Dutt was told that the script didn't shape up as expected and that is what he chimed when asked about 'Badlaa'."

Nevertheless, Sanjay is back with the award-winning filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra and is now working on his next "Marco Bhau." The film, produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, is an emotional film on father-daughter bonding.

"Marco Bhau" is inspired by the Balraj Sahni-starrer 1961 film "Kabuliwala" and will reportedly star Kriti Sanon as Sanjay's daughter.