The Zoya Factor Movie Review: Dulquer Salmaan shines in this quirky romantic drama
The Zoya Factor
The Zoya Factor cast: Dulquer Salmaan, Sonam Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor, Angad Bedi & Sikander Kher
The Zoya Factor Director: Abhishek Sharma
The Zoya Factor Stars: 2.5/5
The Zoya Factor is, in essence, a sweet rom-com but is marred by a predictable plot and the palpable chemistry that we were expecting to see between Dulquer Salmaan and Sonam K Ahuja is missing. What saves the movie from drowning in predictability is the humour and performances of not only the lead actors but the supporting cast members as well. Talking about the cricket factor in the movie, if you are a cricket player or cricket aficionado, then do not expect much as the story is mostly around the protagonists and their love story and tiffs, hardly focusing on the sport.
Speaking of the storyline, the film follows the life of Zoya Solanki, an advertising executive, who was born when India had won the 1983 World Cup. Her fate takes a turn for the best when she gets discovered as a lucky charm by the players of the Indian cricket team. Whenever she has breakfast with them, that particular day the team witnesses victories. And when she doesn't, they get defeated on the field. However, skipper Nikhil Khoda, who she crushes on, hardly believes in luck. The ragtag team's sudden victories with multiple sixers and boundaries with every swack paves the way for Zoya as the lucky mascot of the Indian cricket team for the world cup. This is not all, she also gets Goddess like treatment and all the star attraction goes to her instead of the team as people believe she is the one who is leading the team to success and glory which eluded them for almost a year. Will Zoya's luck help the team to win? You have to watch the movie to know that.
The commentary which was relayed during match sequences deserves a special mention. I think the makers gave the best lines to those segments of the movie. They were well written and made the audience chuckle a bit.