The Zoya Factor Story: Born on the same day India won the 1983 Cricket World Cup, Zoya is considered lucky in her family when it comes to winning matches, albeit in gully cricket. But when the Indian cricket management wants to hire her as the lucky mascot for the current team, Zoya is in trouble.
Flashback to The Zoya Factor: Zoya (Sonam Kapoor), a young copywriter in an advertising agency, is sent to a photo shoot with the Indian cricket team. When the smitten Zoya meets Nikhil Khoda (Dulquer Salmaan), the captain of the Indian cricket team, the two hit it off immediately. But soon the entire team is eating out of her hand as she spills her “luck factor” story over breakfast with them. And sure enough, the losing team actually wins the next few games. And they have their lucky charm to thank for it.
While Nihkil relies solely on his confidence and hard work, his team is increasingly drawn to Zoya as their good luck charm, something Nikhil refuses to believe. Things come to a head when Zoya and Nikhil start dating, but the team management wants her to become the team’s lucky mascot.
In his second Hindi film, Dulquer Salmaan exudes great charm as Nikhil. If we saw him in his Bollywood debut “Karwaan” as the reserved, almost nerdy (and very likable) Avinash, Dulquer ventures into his romantic and handsome role as Nikhil in “The Zoya Factor.” From the playfulness to the intensity, Dulquer is absolutely brilliant in his performance.
Sonam Kapoor fits her role like a glove as the bitchy junior editor. Between dating losers and trying to salvage her tarnished career, Sonam has a great sense of humor throughout much of the film in her role as Zoya. And together, Sonam and Dulquer’s chemistry works like magic and grows on you.
Director Abhishek Sharma delivers a light-hearted romantic comedy that hits the nail on the head right from the start. An adaptation of Anuja Chauhan’s novel of the same name, the mood here is lighthearted and entertaining. Even some of the improbable moments are well resolved. Anil Kapoor, in a cameo, steals the moment with this fleeting scene. The cast, with Sanjay Kapoor as Zoya’s father and Angad Bedi as Robin, another important part of the team, is good. Sikander Kher, as Zoya’s brother, creates some comic moments in the film. Special mention for the cricket commentary, which is absolutely hilarious. The pleasant soundtrack by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and the background score provide the necessary amount of humor.
The Zoya Factor is a fun, frothy film that pits superstition against strategy and confidence against luck. And it deliciously taps into the Indian cricket craze to deliver a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining film.