The Zoya Factor 2019 Movie Reviews
The Zoya Factor 2019 Movie Reviews: The Zoya Factor Movie is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language romantic comedy film, starring Sonam Kapoor and Dulquer Salmaan. It is directed by Abhishek Sharma and produced by Fox Star Studios, Pooja Shetty and Aarti Shetty.
The Zoya Factor Movie is a light adaptation of Anuja Chauhan’s 2008 novel of the same name, which follows the story of a girl, Zoya Solanki, who becomes a lucky charm for the Indian Cricket team during the 2011 Cricket World Cup, and the skipper Nikhil Khoda who doesn’t believe in luck and superstitions.
The Zoya Factor 2019 Movie Story
Zoya Solanki (Sonam Kapoor) a junior copywriter at an Advertising agency considers herself very unlucky. Her love life and professional life sucks when her rich dentist boyfriend (Rishi Hapawat) has dumped her for being too infra dig, while her boss (Koel Purie) at the ad agency is not impressed with her. But soon, her luck changes when she was sent to Srilanka to shoot an ad with the Indian cricket team.
Zoya accidentally meets Nikhil Khoda (Dulquer Salmaan), the Indian team captain who is a staunch believer of hard work and gets irritated with his team’s dependence on superstition, rather than believing in hard work. When Zoya gets invited to breakfast with the team, they discover that Zoya was born on the day when India got its first World Cup and believes that she is their lucky mascot.
Her luck rubs off sensationally when the team wins the match in Sri Lanka. She is offered a position by the BCCI as the official mascot for the upcoming World Cup which is against the wishes of captain Khoda who is attracted to Zoya but also irritated by the media for giving her the credit for their wins.
The Zoya Factor 2019 Movie Cast & Crew
Directed by Abhishek Sharma
Produced by Fox Star Studios
Written by Anuja Chauhan
Pradhuman Singh (dialogues)
Screenplay by Neha Rakesh Sharma
Based on The Zoya Factor by Anuja Chauhan
Starring Sonam Kapoor
Narrated by Shah Rukh Khan
Music by Songs: Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
Score: Indrajit Sharma, Parikshit Sharma
Cinematography Manoj Lobo
Edited by Utsav Bhagat
Production company Fox Star Studios, Ad-Labs Films Limited
Distributed by Fox Star Studios
Release date September 19, 2019 (United Arab Emirates)
September 20, 2019 (India)
Running time 134 minutes
Sonam Kapoor as Zoya Singh Solanki, an advertising executive
Dulquer Salmaan as Nikhil Khoda, Indian Cricket Team Captain
Sanjay Kapoor as Vijayendra Singh Solanki, Zoya’s father
Angad Bedi as Robin Rawal, Indian Cricketer
Sikander Kher as Zoravar Singh Solanki, Zoya’s brother
Rishi Hapawat as Dentist
Udit Arora as Ketan, Indian Opening Batsman
Abhilash Chaudhary as Shivnath(Shivi), Indian Opening Batsman
Jashan Singh Kohli as Navneet Singh, Indian cricketer
Gandharv Dewan as Hharviindar (Harry) Singh, Indian cricketer
Abhishek Madrecha as Zahid Pathan, Indian cricketer
Pooja Bhamrrah as Sonali
Sachin Deshpande as Lakhi, Indian cricketer
Vikas Mandaliya as Vishal
Shoaib Ahmed as Dabbu
R. Bhakti Klein as Wes Hardin, Indian Coach
Alistar Bennis as Neelo
Pankaj Dheer (Guest appearance)
Anil Kapoor (Guest appearance)
Zoya Solanki (Sonam Kapoor) is considered lucky for cricket by her ex-army officer father (Sanjay Kapoor) as she was born on the day India won the cricket world cup for the first time in ’83. A turn of events makes her come in contact with the current Indian team, who also begin to think of her as a lucky mascot. The only one against her is the team’s captain Nikhil Khoda (Dulquer Salmaan) who believes it’s hard work and team spirit and not some good luck charm that wins matches. A twist in the tale comes when both fall for each other, leading to complications. Whether their love survives Zoya’s X-factor forms the crux of the film.
India is a cricket crazy nation and superstition goes a long way when it comes to the game. We all know someone whom we consider as a jinx for the Indian cricket team and bar him or her from watching crucial matches. We wear our favourite clothes, fast for the team and even hold our pee if a batsman is nearing a century. Likewise, the Indian cricketers have been known to follow certain practices they consider lucky. Like they’d choose a particular bat to play with or wear a lucky handkerchief around their necks, or play with their collar turned upwards. The team members sit in positions they consider lucky. We have all grown up on such stories and that’s the focal point of the film.
It’s a satire on both the superstition surrounding cricket in particular and our overall obsession with horoscopes, good luck charms and remedies and other related practices in general. You’ll find yourself laughing at your own foibles.
The Zoya Factor Movie is written in such a way that famous instances related to cricket, where our team miraculously won matches, will come to mind. The actors forming the playing eleven will remind you of past and present cricketing stars. So be ready for lots of nostalgia-laden moments when the sporting action takes place. The cricket sequences have been shot well and give you an actual feel of the game.
The dialogue is extremely witty and keeps you laughing throughout. And the absurdity of how we let superstition shape us will make you laugh even more. Sonam Kapoor’s character is that of a girl having low esteem. She considers herself a loser. And hence she finds the idea of being the cricket team’s lucky charm attractive. Sonam has done ample justice to both aspects of her character’s personality. There’s an extremely funny scene involving her and Anil Kapoor playing a superstar that’s a must-watch. She has a good chemistry going with Dulquer. Their romance has a fresh appeal to it and doesn’t look staged.
Dulquer Salmaan has again proved that he’s one of our finest actors around. He lets his eyes, his expressions convey the emotions and doesn’t just rely on the dialogue. The angst he feels as Zoya begins to get credit for the team’s win or his hurt at being estranged from her seems real. He gives off the vibe of being the captain of India’s cricket team. The hostility between him and Angad Bedi’s character is palpable. Angad too has done a fine job of portraying a selfish cricketer more interested in his own betterment than his team’s.
Our only grouse from the film is that it’s too full of product placements and portions of it feel like showreels for several popular brands. Leaving this aspect aside, this well-written and the well-acted The Zoya Factor Movie is a paisa vasool rom-com. It’ll certainly make you laugh at yourself.