The Zoya Factor Movie Review, Release Date, Star Cast, Story
The Zoya Factor Movie Release Date:
20th September, 2019
The Zoya Factor Star Cast:
Sonam Kapoor as Zoya Singh Solanki
Dulquer Salmaan as Nikhil Khoda
Sanjay Kapoor as Vijayendra Singh Solanki
Shoaib Ahmed as Dabbu
Aakash Ahuja AS Pakistan Bowler
Udit Arora as Ketan
Angad Bedi as Robin
Alistar Bennis as Neelo
Pooja Bhamrrah as Sonali
Ajoy Chakraborty as BCCI member
Abhilash Chaudhary as Shivi
Gandharv Dewan as Harry
The Zoya Factor Movie Review:
Last month, during the promotion of his film ‘Mission Mangal’, Akshay Kumar made a shocking revelation. He said that he believes that success depends on 70% luck and 30% hard work. His statement shocked many but the fact is that many people from different nationalists, communities and even classes across the world believe a lot in the concept of luck and lucky charm. No wonder, the business of numerologists and astrologers is flourishing. Anuja Chauhan’s novel ‘The Zoya Factor’ tackles this idea and was written so well that it became a bestseller. The rights were soon picked up by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment, but the production house failed to produce the film within the stipulated period. Aarti Shetty and Pooja Shetty Deora, keeping the title of the film similar to the book, acquired the rights and turned the novel into celluloid. So does The Zoya Factor prove to be as entertaining as the novel? Or does it fail to impress? Let’s analyze.
The Zoya Factor is the story of a girl who considers herself unlucky but has a lucky charm for the country. Zoya Solanki (Sonam K Ahuja) was born on 25 June 1983, the day India won the 1983 Cricket World Cup final. Her father Vijayendra Singh Solanki (Sanjay Kapoor) announces that she will prove beneficial to the cricket team by being born on such an auspicious occasion. Growing up, Zoya actually becomes a lucky charm for Vijayandra and her brother Zoravar (Sikander Kher) when they used to play street cricket. As an adult, Zoya however considers herself unlucky. The craziness that his family members have for cricket makes him dislike the game. She works as a junior copywriter in an advertising agency called AWB and is constantly making mistakes, much to the annoyance of her boss Monita (Koyal Puri). Monita sends Zoya on an advertising campaign for the Indian cricket team in Sri Lanka and warns her not to make a mistake in calling it a short, simple shoot. Zoya reaches Sri Lanka and befriends Nikhil Khoda (Dulquer Salmaan), the captain of the Indian team. This is a time when players have lost back to back matches. The World Cup is just a month away and the pressure is killing them. On the day of their match in Sri Lanka, Nikhil invites Zoya to have breakfast with the players. Here, Zoya casually talks about her date of birth and the lucky charm bit. India won the match miraculously on that day. The players realize that he is actually a lucky charm. They make excuses to stop him from going back to India and convince him to have breakfast with them for the next match. As expected, they won again. Nikhil however does not believe in luck and the Zoya factor and feels it is hard work that takes work. Yet he falls in love with Zoya, who is in love with him. Meanwhile, Jogpal Lohia (Manu Rishi Chadha) of the Indian Cricket Board learns about Zoya. He approaches her with an offer – to dine in the blue with the boys before each World Cup match and pay Rs 1 crore! However, Zoya turned down the offer. Jogpal realizes that he needs Zoya somehow and so, he hands over the World Cup campaign to the AWB and instructs that Zoya should lead it. Jogpal is also helped in this plan by his nephew Robin (Angad Bedi), who is on the team and is Nikhil’s rival. He wants to see Nikhil removed from the captaincy and he uses Zoya for his ulterior motive. What happens next becomes the rest of the film.
The Zoya Factor is based on Anuja Chauhan’s novel of the same name. The story has a lot of promise and is also believable. A lot of people believe in luck as well as are fans of cricket and hence in a country like ours, such a story can connect with the audience. The screenplay by Pradyuman Singh Mall and Neha Sharma (with additional screenplay by Anuja Chauhan) is effective for the most parts. They don’t make the film too emotional even in one go. The idea is to keep the film light and entertaining from start to finish. In a way it is very good but at the same time the film lacks emotional touch. Pradyuman Singh Malla and Anuja Chauhan’s dialogues are very funny and contribute a lot to the laughter. The audience will definitely like the dialogues spoken by the commentators.
Abhishek Sharma’s direction is good. He has handled some scenes with Ellen but there were also scenes where he really got through the proceedings. But the creativity of his execution comes to the fore in several scenes. The scene in which it rains is one such scene – Nikhil is focused on returning to the pavilion, while Zoya can be seen on the giant screen in the foreground. Also, he has used subtle hints to show that the film is from 9 or 10 years ago. This is evident from the use of old mobile phones. The idea of ??not basing the Zoya factor in 2018 or 2019 is understandable as Zoya should not be more than 26 or 27. Thin layer. Cadbury Silk TVC, for example, is well woven into the story.
The Zoya Factor opening is very impressive which gives an idea about the elements of cricket and luck in the film. Shah Rukh Khan’s witty narration and animated sequences add to the fun. Zoya’s opening scenes are fine but the film gets better when she reaches Sri Lanka and talks to the Indian team. Romantic tracks also have their moments. Two scenes unfold here – Zoya’s conversation with Nikhil in the lift and Nikhil meeting Zoya’s family and family friends. The film slips a bit after the interval. Also, the film seems too fast in many places. The World Cup series in pre-climax and climax however revives interest.
The acting is very good by all the actors. Sonam K Ahuja is apt for the role. One cannot imagine anyone else for this role and she does it completely justice, whether her scenes have love or the acting is expensive or even mature acting and give some important lessons to Nikhil. in time of need. Dulquer Salmaan is super-dashing but he gets his acting right too. He is totally into his character and seems like the captain of the team. Angad Bedi gets a decent part and also gets the screen space and is fine as a villain. Sikander Kher is the surprise of the film. His role may be reminiscent of Prateek’s character in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na  but his part is different and Sikandar makes sure it is so. One of his best scenes is when he offers tea to the protesters who have come to vandalize his house! Sanjay Kapoor is by nature. Manu Rishi Chaddha is fine and it’s good that he doesn’t overdo the lisping bit. Koel Puris are totally fine. Pooja Bhamrah (Sonali) looks very glamorous and plays the supporting part well. Other cricketers who leave a mark are Abhilash Choudhary (Shivi), Gandharva Dewan (Harry) and Sachin Deshpande (Lakhi).
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music suits the mood of the film. ‘Lucky Charm’ is the best after ‘Kash’ and ‘Meheru’. ‘Pepsi Ki Kasam’ is played in the end credits. Indrajit Sharma and Parikshit Sharma’s background score (with additional background score by Kingshuk Charvarthy) is dramatic and adds to the fun.
Manoj Lobo’s cinematography is apt and the lensman does a good job especially in the cricket scenes. The costumes of Thiya Tekchandane, Abhilasha Devnani and Gayatri Thadani are very attractive. Especially the ones worn by Sonam are very nice which was to be expected. Rajat Poddar’s production design is rich. VFX is quite good after studios, though it is a bit bad in some scenes. But overall, it’s a decent job considering that a lot of scenes are shot against a green screen. Utsav Bhagat’s editing gives the film a calm feel but could have had the effect of slow, slow motion in some scenes especially in the finale.
Overall, The Zoya Factor is a good popcorn entertainer that works mainly because of the concept, treatment, humor and performance. It has the potential to grow dramatically at the box office due to good word of mouth.