The history of the Zoya factor: Born on the same day that India won the 1983 Cricket World Cup, Zoya is considered by her family as a lucky charm when it comes to winning games, even if it is a canyon cricket. But when the Indian cricket management wants to register her as a lucky pet for the current team, Zoya is in a difficult situation.
The ‘Zoya Factor’ by Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Dulquer Salmaan largely retains the core of Anuja Chauhan’s best-seller illuminated by chicks of the same name, and also the fairytale vibrations in general of the book.
Movie: The Zoya Factor; Cast: Sonam K. Ahuja, Dulquer Salmaan; Director: Abhishek Sharma; IANS rating: 2.5 / 5 stars
A romantic comedy focused on cricket would seem like a winning field. Sonam K. Ahuja’s new release is less ambitious about pressing an unconventional issue than his latest one, “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Lagaa,” which makes this movie more box office friendly and much more obvious in what It is proposed to narrate.
‘The Zoya Factor‘ largely retains the core of the best-seller of the same name by Anuja Chauhan, lit by the girls, and also the general sense of well-being from the fairytale book. The fairly predictable chain of events that make up the script (by Neha Rakesh Sharma and Pradhuman Singh) has been adorned with a continuous stream of situational laughs. Some of these works, many do not.
Cricket fanaticism and blind superstition are a cocktail in an attempt to create a fun movie that makes us laugh at ourselves as a nation. The Men in Blue at a World Cup forms the backbone of the narrative but, credibly, despite that, the film avoids the trap of jingoism.
Sonam is Zoya Solanki, born on the day that India won her first cricket World Cup in 1983. She hates cricket but, as a junior editor at an advertising agency, she is running a commercial featuring players from the Indian team. Sparks fly between Zoya and team captain Nikhil Khoda (Dulquer Salmaan), even when the story takes a strange turn.
A chain of events convinces some of the players, as well as the cricket board, that Zoya is a lucky pet for the Indian Team, that her presence at the team’s breakfast table on a game day could guarantee victory. While the rationalist Nikhil refuses to believe such a trap, the news spreads. Soon, Zoya is the new cricket messiah of India.
The drama that follows is used to carry on the story. It is based primarily on the joke, and, at a predictable point in the second half, is used to establish familiar strains of misunderstandings between hero and heroin for the essential melodrama. The film depends on a peculiar premise, but its narrative is too vague to let the comic quotient resonate.
Rather, you could find random humor in the way players have been imagined. Many of them, at least in terms of physical appearance, might look like spin-offs of real cricket stars. The clean and kicked hitter with a sharp turn on the mustache fits the Shikhar Dhawan prototype. There is also a fast bowler with long hair: it could be Ishant Sharma, take a foot and a half, maybe, in height. Captain Nikhil Khoda is a hitter-wicketkeeper (Dhoni, anyone?) There is the mandatory Sikh player that you see lurking in the corners of each costume scene, although his role in the field is not clearly shown.
The director Abhishek Sharma is responsible for creating the cricket environment. The action scenes of the stadium are well edited (Utsav Bhagat). So what if a good cricket action, according to this movie, is only about reaching six, should the overall impact on the screen seem attractive to the general public?
Abhishek Sharma is no stranger to comedies. Although his latest release was the nuclear test drama “Parmanu”, he has directed comedies such as the series “Tere Bin Laden” and “The Shaukeens” in the past. In “The Zoya Factor,” comic language is much less bustling than those efforts, of course, due to the film’s more sophisticated theme.
In any comedy, the fun factor is based mainly on its protagonist. In turn, being fun on the screen has to do with time. The not-so-funny and horrible truth about this movie is that Sonam doesn’t always do it well. He tends to exaggerate in many comic scenes, especially those that require him to project Zoya as a silly and deep PYT. This affects the general mood quotient, because almost everything that happens in this movie is about Zoya. She is there in almost every painting.
Which brings us to the real winner of the show. Say hello to Dulquer Salmaan, the last one matters
The Zoya Factor is a fun and frothy film that faces superstitions versus strategy and self-esteem versus luck. And deliciously uses Indian cricket fashion to offer an entertaining and entertaining movie.