The Zoya Factor is an Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film, starring Sonam Kapoor and Dulquer Salmaan. Directed by Abhishek Sharma and produced by Fox Star Studios, Pooja Shetty and Aarti Shetty. The film is a light adaptation of the 2008 novel with the same name written by Anuja Chauhan. The story is about a girl, Zoya Solanki, who becomes the lucky charm for the Indian Cricket team during the 2011 World Cup, and the skipper Nikhil Koda, who does not believe in luck and superstitions.
Zoya Solanki (Sonam Kapoor) is client service rep in an advertisement agency, especially incharge of Zing Cola (Pepsi in a fictional avatar). She is in love with her job that is until one day she misses her shoot with the King of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan because she had to stay back for another shoot with the cricketer Nikhil Koda (Dulqer Salmaan) who cuts short her shoot making her stay an extra few days for his shoot and Zoya starts to feel pangs of irritation towards the brand. When the men in blue realize that Zoya was born on the exact same moment when India won its first and only World Cup in 1983, they are intrigued and find themselves wondering about their wins when they have breakfast with her and defeats when they don’t, resulting in her becoming the lucky charm for the team.
Zoya tries to keep a level head even when she is signed as the official lucky charm of the team on their Australia tour. Things don’t help when she is in continuous clash with the erratically brilliant skipper, who tells her straight up that he doesn’t believe in luck. What follows is a love-hate relationship and her struggles to stay the lucky charm for the men in blues.
The movie grossed Rs. 1.5 crore on day 1 of its release with an IMDb rating of 6.4/10 and Rotten Tomatoes score of 63%, the Zoya Factor is a fun, frothy film that raises the issue of superstitions versus strategy and self-belief versus luck and uses India’s cricket craze to deliver a thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining film.
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