The Zoya Factor

the zoya factor Plot
The Zoya Factor

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Cast: Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Dulquer Salmaan

Director: Abhishek Sharma


the zoya factor Review

The Zoya Factor Movie Review Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two stars!)

Star Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Dulquer Salmaan, Sanjay Kapoor, Angad Bedi, Sikander Kher, Manu Rishi

Director: Abhishek Sharma

The Zoya Factor Movie Review: Another Example Of Why Books Are Just Meant To Be Read!
The Zoya Factor Movie Review: Another Example Of Why Books Are Just Meant To Be Read!

What’s Good: It’s a good looking film, well-directed too but what’s the use when you’re going in the wrong direction after all?

What’s Bad: It tries to create a world you just can’t stay in! Even if the story convinces you to stay, the other aspects of the film are not that strong enough to hold you back for a long time

Loo Break: It depends on how frequently you use the loo when you get bored!

Watch or Not?: Skip it because such movies have a similar impact on the small screen too!

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The story of the film revolves around luck & they’ve got Shah Rukh Khan on-board to narrate the story. It’s about a girl, Zoya (Sonam Kapoor), who was born on the day India won its first Cricket World Cup under the captaincy of Kapil Dev. Her father believes she’s the gift of Cricket gods to the family. Now, as every Indian family, this family too follow some superstitions. Zoya grows up being a Junior Copywriter in an ad agency and she gets a chance to shoot with the Indian Cricket Team.

She tells the team about her luck and India wins the match of that day after consecutive losses. Everyone starts believing it’s Zoya’s luck that’s helping India win but not the captain Nikhil Khoda (Dulquer Salmaan). Nikhil believes in hard work but falls in love with Zoya. Now, is he really in love with her or just using her luck? That’s what the rest of the story is all about and also whether or not India will win the World Cup.

The Zoya Factor Movie Review: Another Example Of Why Books Are Just Meant To Be Read!
The Zoya Factor Movie Review: Another Example Of Why Books Are Just Meant To Be Read!

The Zoya Factor Movie Review: Script Analysis

Anuja Chauhan’s story might be good for a book but it’s a really sad transformation on screen. It’s filled with fantasies and far from reality. You can bind such world with words but it’s really difficult to write a screenplay around it. Everything is very unconvincing from the word go and it remains the same till the last frame. From imitating the real-life Cricketers like Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar to pretty boring matches, the film just doesn’t get its ‘Cricket’ aspect right.

Manoj Lobo’s Cinematography shines bright, literally, to over-expose the Green-screen shots. Rajat Poddar’s production design is beautiful and it’s a major reason to keep you stuck with the film. Also, Sonam Kapoor shouldn’t have broken the fourth wall in the film. After a point, the script not only is convincing, it turns out to be very predictable. Screenplay writer (also an amazing actor) Pradhuman Singh gives Dulquer his 70-minute moment, but it leaves a minimal impact.

The Zoya Factor Movie Review: Star Performance

This is a tailor-made role for Sonam Kapoor and she handles the clumsiness very well. Yes, at times she expresses out loud and that’s a turn-off. There are some roles, in which you don’t have to act per se and this is what advantages Sonam. She just has to don some good looking clothes and be herself.

Dulquer Salmaan is charming but he needs to pick the scripts very wisely from here. He can act brilliantly but he needs someone to guide him through the script-choosing process. From Cricketers, Angad Bedi does his job well. Sanjay Kapoor is wasted, Sikander Kher never for a moment looks like Sonam’s brother (a bad casting call).

The Zoya Factor Box Office Review: Star Cast: Dulquer Salmaan, Sonam Kapoor, Angad Bedi, Sanjay Kapoor, Sikander Kher

Director: Abhishek Sharma

Producers: Fox Star Studio, Pooja Shetty, Aarrti Shetty

The Zoya Factor Box Office Review: An Entertaining Chic-Flick Which Needs 'Lucky Charm'
The Zoya Factor Box Office Review: An Entertaining Chic-Flick Which Needs ‘Lucky Charm’


The Zoya Factor is not carrying much expectations at the moment. The trailer got just fair response from the public as it was released less than a month ago. The makers and the lead pair have tried to promote the film and create good buzz around it but when you have a lackluster trailer and music nothing really works out.
Dulquer Salmaan has a huge fan following in Kerela but he is not a popular face in the Hindi market. Also Sonam Kapoor has done very less popular work off late which doesn’t let The Zoya Factor be an anticipated release.


To start with, The Zoya Factor is not a bad watch. It has its own target audience and it serves them well. The film is an entertaining chic-flick which works for following reasons.
1. Dulquer Salmaan’s screen presence. His cuteness and his performance. The Malayalam star is likable in the film.
2. Comedy. Yes, The Zoya Factor has a plus here. There are several scenes in the film especially those involving cricket matches which have very cleverly written dialogues for artists doing Hindi commentary. These dialogues will make sure you have a nice time in cinemas. Anil Kapoor has a cameo and it’s fun.
3. Crisp editing. The film is well edited and moves fastly which leaves less scope of making the audience feeling bored.
4. Director Abhishek Sharma has kept the things to the point and has maintained the entertainment value throughout. Despite a plain story, the film is actually a time pass affair.
However, there are a few weak points too like Sonam Kapoor’s performance. She overacts mostly and just about fair in other portions. Sonam Kapoor is actually one of the cutest actresses in the industry but here she has hardly anything to flaunt other than her stunning outfits. There’s a lot of on the face brand placements in the film which puts you off as a viewer.


The Zoya Factor is not a bad film but it doesn’t carry anything special to encourage audience to pick it among choices like Chhichhore and Dream Girl. Dulquer Salmaan and Sonam Kapoor fans can still go and enjoy this one.
The film will do a lifetime business in 30-40 crores range.

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