The Zoya Factor
02 Hours 16 Minutes
Star Cast: Sonam Kapoor and Dulquer Salmaan
Directors: Abhishek Sharma
Producer: Pooja Shetty
In Theaters: 20 September 2019
The Zoya Factor stars Sonam Kapoor and Dulquer Salmaan in the lead roles. The film, which is based on Anuja Chauhan's book of the same name, is directed by Abhishek Sharma. But before you hit the theaters, check out the review by Senior Journalist and Author Bharathi Pradhan!
Brimming with humour, The Zoya Factor has three big aces - the writing, the direction and the performances. Based on Anuja Chauhan's book, it's director Abhishek Sharma who hits it out of the park. For you need an incredibly proficient director to bring great writing alive on the screen, make you laugh delightedly all the way and create fabulous chemistry between the actors.
Caught between her father and her brother, two army men who are cricket fanatics, Zoya Solanki can't stand the game. But she's plonked right in the middle of the Indian cricket team which is losing match after match under Captain Nikhil Khoda. A chance revelation by her that she was born the day India won the World Cup in 1983 turns her into the mascot of the team that sorely needs to bolster its spirits.
Breakfast with Zoya becomes the booster shot of the superstitious cricketers. Only the captain who could lose his job any day continues to place faith in self-belief.
Abhishek Sharma who has in the past helmed wacky fare like Tere Bin Laden and dramatically patriotic movies like Parmanu, brings to the fore his flair for both. And so there's drama, rooting for India and loads of humour. The cricket commentary is a super delight and so are many of the scenes like Zorawarhandling the changing moods of the crowd outside their house during a cricket match.
The romance between the captain who doesn't believe in the luck factor and Zoya who is the team mascot has crackling chemistry.
The tensions within the team with Robin wanting to be the captain, the foul play on the pitch and the misunderstandings he creates between Nikhil and Zoya make enough room for drama.
Sonam Kapoor who's pretty adept at playing the ditzy young woman does a neat turn as Zoya with commendable comic timing and a few well-done emotional moments. Sikandar Kher as Zorawar is hilarious, Sanjay Kapoor as the father is at ease and so are all the actors on the Indian team. Anil Kapoor adds much mirth in a guest appearance.
But the scene stealer is Dulquer Salmaan who is consistently charismatic. Amusing, romantic and dramatic in turns, he plays Nikhil with a charm of his own.
The triumph of self-belief mercifully comes without being preachy.
Disclaimer: We are proud that LehrenTV reviewer Bharathi S Pradhan has been appointed an advisory member of the prestigious CBFC. However, her reviews reflect her personal appraisal of a film and do not in any way speak on behalf of the Censor Board.