The Zoya Factor Review! By the looks of the trailer that serves us cricket and its accompanying shenanigans with a romantic twist had a fairly good chance of appealing to the audience but is no sixer
The Zoya Factor Review! In a country where even those with the most scientific outlook submit to sitting in one position or wearing their ‘lucky colour’ when the Indian cricket team is playing an important match, Zoya Factor’ certainly was unable to cross the boundaries of box office success
How far can luck take you in matters of the heart? Or in life? What do you believe in -Destiny or determination?
Zoya Factor Review! The Plot
Based on Anuja Chauhan’s book by the same name, the film is a charming lighthearted comedy that steps away from the tried and tested recipe. Sonam Kapoor as Zoya Solanki (a junior copywriter), quite Bridgette Joneseque in her bumbling ways, considers herself the most unlucky girl in the world. What’s more, with valid justifications – her rich dentist boyfriend has just dumped her for being too infra-dig, while her boss at the ad agency she works for, fantasises about firing her.
But soon, her luck turns when she gets a chance to shoot an ad with the Indian cricket team. Zoya accidentally meets Nikhil Khoda (Dulquer Salmaan) the dishy team captain and finds herself invited to a breakfast with the team! Things seem to be going swimmingly well till she happens to let slip the fact that her father(played by Sanjay Kapoor) thought she was lucky for the Indian cricket team as they won the World Cricket in 1983, the very day that she was born! In a happy coincidence, the team which had been struggling in the series thus far witnesses a quick turnaround in the match that follows.
Is it indeed The Zoya Factor, or the hard work and strategy that skipper Nikhil Khoda believes in?
On the Upside
Sonam Kapoor, as the ditzy Zoya is adorable. Urbane chick flicks certainly suit her and Kapoor is getting better with every film. Her goofy and bumbling avatar works well.
Leading man Dulquer Salmaan gets ample screen time and he is impressive lending just the right amount of playfulness and romantic intensity. It would be safe to say that while he is already extremely popular in the south, with The Zoya Factor, his popularity is likely to spill over to the Hindi audience as well, especially the women. Their on-screen chemistry only helps the film’s cause. Sikandar Kher as Zoya’s brother Zorawar is impressive even in a small role, as are Koel Purie, Angad Bedi and Manu Rishi.
On The Downside
Going by the trailers and the posters, Abhishek Sharma-directed The Zoya Factor seemed like a lighthearted and breezy story. Sadly, it’s a rather bland and dreary film that stretches on for ages, peppered with some memorable moments here and there.
Sonam channels her Khoobsoorat character Millie, with a touch of I Hate Luv Story’s Simran to try and put together Zoya. Dulquer Salmaan works hard to save the show, but his luck wears thin by the second half. The chemistry between the leads is commendable, but not enough to carry the film through. The songs are not unforgettable either.
In all the din, the film tries to communicate the message, how much should you rely on luck for success? And what happens when you get so consumed by your belief in luck that you forget to put your best foot forward? Somewhere, this applies to the film too, which seems to have relied too much on its starry cast to execute the story with much effort.
All in All
The Zoya Factor is disappointing, as there was a lot more that could have been done with it. It could have been more entertaining and crisp, or even a wholesome romantic comedy. In the end, it just feels like a lot of watery Maggi without masala.
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