Verdict: After Neerja, Sonam Kapoor delivers her career’s best in The Zoya Factor.
Dulquer Salmaan’s stint in Bollywood is just beginning. Son of Mollywood superstar Mammootty and a superstar in his own right, the actor’s Bollywood debut in Karwaan was easy-breezy as opposed to the blockbusters he has delivered in Southern cinema. His next Bollywood film was announced opposite actress Sonam Kapoor Ahuja. Expectations from their movie The Zoya Factor, based on the book by Anuja Chauhan, were few and that seems to have worked in favor of this unlikely pair. Playing a dreamy captain of the Indian cricket team and a ditzy junior copywriter of an advertising agency, Dulquer and Sonam hit it out of the park in Abhishek Sharma‘s fun comedy entertainer.
What’s The Zoya Factor About:
Zoya Solanki (Sonam Kapoor Ahuja) was born on the day India lifted the Cricket World Cup in 1983. Her cricket-crazy father thinks she’s a lucky charm and over the years, her presence at her older brother’s cricket matches proves to be lucky for the family. As for Zoya herself, she hates cricket. So when she’s made to travel to Sri Lanka by her advertising agency to shoot an ad with the cricket team, she’s not very thrilled. Nevertheless, she strikes a chord among the team players, especially with the captain Nikhil Khoda (Dulquer Salmaan). Initially struggling in their matches, the team suddenly starts performing better every time they eat with Zoya before their games. Her lucky charm attracts the attention of the authorities, making her the official lucky mascot for Team India in the World Cup, but straining her new relationship with Captain Dreamy Eyes.
Sonam Kapoor has excelled in similar roles before and once again, her sweet charm is the high point of this film. The Zoya Factor is told from her character’s perspective and she breaks the fourth wall constantly, giving us a better look into Zoya’s life and mind. It helps build empathy with her character, which grows on you as the movie progresses. On the other hand, Dulquer Salmaan’s charm works as a magnet and it is hard to take your eyes off him for even one moment. His eyes have the knack of sweeping you off your feet and he keeps you entranced throughout the movie. Angad Bedi as his rival is your typical jock and the actor is convincing in that aspect. Supporting actors Abhilash Choudhury as the hot-headed batsman and Jashan Singh Kohli as the superstitious baller provide a few laughs too. Sikander Kher strikes a great camaraderie with Sonam Kapoor, playing not just her protective older brother but a close companion. Anil Kapoor’s guest appearance is noteworthy too.
There are many laugh-out-loud moments in The Zoya Factor and some others that make you chuckle, keeping the mood of the movie light and cheery. With the use of bright and quirky costumes and peppy hummable music, this film makes it clear that it’s not meant to be taken seriously, rather enjoyed with a suspension of disbelief.
What Could’ve Been Better:
Like most sports movies, The Zoya Factor too has many predictable moments but they do not hamper the overall movie experience. After a fun first hour, the momentum of the movie drops slightly in the latter half.
Why You Should Watch:
The Zoya Factor is a fun watch. It has plenty of comedy to keep you entertained and the kind of filmy romance that Bollywood’s been missing. The actors are commendable in their parts and even the smaller roles make a big impact, giving you an overall entertainer. Head to theatres to catch this quirky film with your loved ones.
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