The Zoya Factor Movie Review: It’s All The Way ‘Dulquer Factor’ In ‘The Zoya Factor’!
'The Zoya Factor' is a light hearted rom com, which has all the right ingredients but could have been prepared well. The film stars the fresh pairing of Sonam Kapoor and Dulquer Salmaan, which looked pretty refreshing. This film is an adaptation of Anuja Chauhan's popular novel with the same title.
The film deals with the concept of superstition around the 'Luck Factor', that fits perfectly to the indian context owing to its rootedness. This film is a satirical take on the above mentioned concept, where the makers have made an attempt to answer the age old question, of whether the 'Luck Factor' is just a superstition or is it a true reality?
The film is about Zoya Solanki played by Sonam, who was born on the same date on which the Indian Cricket Team lifted their first ever World Cup Trophy, on 25th June 1983. Post which, her cricket fanatic father played by Sanjay Kapoor, started considering her as the 'Lucky Factor' that made the Indian team achieve its victory. But Zoya considers herself as 'Unlucky', owing to the streak of events she faces in her life since childhood. Zoya is seen as a junior copywriter in an advertisement company, where she is assigned for the Indian Cricket Team's jersey shoot. Once she met the team and accidentally narrated the irony around her birth and Indian Cricket team's win over a breakfast table, they started considering her as the 'Lucky Mascot' and the 'secret weapon' that will make them bring the trophy back home this time too. Whether the 'Zoya Factor' truly works in the team's favor or its eventually the players' hard work? that forms rest of the plot.
Dulquer Salmaan is seen playing the much charming Indian Cricket team captain Nikhil, who unlike his team players is not blinded by superstition and doesn't believe in the 'Luck Factor' and certainly not in the 'Zoya Factor'. However Nikhil couldn't stop himself from falling for Zoya's bubbly and childish charm. How did these two poles apart people managed to unite and did the 'luck factor' became a third wheel in their relationship? Well I will not give out that spoiler.
The fresh pairing of Sonam and Dulquer blew like a fresh air all through the film. Where the cute chemistry of this pair manages to create a spark. Sonam like always fits perfectly into the skin of Zoya, whose vibe of wearing her heart on her sleeves without caring much about the world, will leave a smile on your faces. But the stealer of this film was undoubtedly Dulquer Salmaan, whose charming killer smiles and six packs abs are a sure sight to drool for. Dulquer steals the show with his performance, whether it was with his intense looks inside the dressing room or charming playful attitude while romancing Zoya. Girls will surely loose their hearts to this 'Hotty', and we hope we get to see much more of Dulquer in Bollywood from now on. But we wish that both these super talented actors had a little more meat in their platter to play in the film.
The casting of the film has hit the bulls eye, where Sanjay Kapoor, Angad Bedi, Sikander Kher are all fun to watch. The actors playing the other team players will also remind you of several cricketers from our very own Indian cricket team with their portrayal.
The film opened with an animated scene discussing about those several age old superstition that is followed by every second citizen in our country, which looked pretty appealing. But later as the film progresses, it will make you feel the lack in the story to drive the movie. The first half of the film looks fairly slow comparatively to the second half. Director Abhishek Sharma has crafted a light hearted breezy romcom, that can be an one time popcorn watch this weekend. Drafting the screenplay smartly while adapting from the novel, could have made the game, owing to the relatability of the content to the indian context. Even the editing could have been a little crisper, as there are moments which might make you feel that the film is slightly stretched without a story to tell. The songs in spite of having the melodies voice of Arijit Singh, didn't really succeed in leaving the trailing effect.
Well I shall suggest that if you are free this weekend and want to enjoy some harmless rom-com with some good company, then you should surely give this film a watch, as it will give you a decent outing. Where it will give you some laughter here and there with it's cheesy funny dialogues, but Dulquer and Sonam will certainly win your hearts. I will give a 3 out of 5 stars to this film.
Ps: There is a small little pack of surprise for all the Shah Rukh Khan fans in this film. So what's the 'Shah Rukh Factor' in 'The Zoya Factor'? For that give this film a shot.