The Zoya Factor (film) movie review

The Zoya Factor (film) movie review 

The Zoya Factor is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film, starring Dulquer Salmaan and Sonam Kapoor. It is directed by Abhishek Sharma and produced by Fox Star Studios, Pooja Shetty and Aarrti Shetty. The film is a light adaptation of Anuja Chauhan's 2008 novel of the same name, which follows the story of a girl, Zoya Solanki, who becomes a lucky charm for the Indian Cricket team during the 2011 Cricket World Cup, and the skipper Nikhil Khoda who doesn't believe in luck and superstitions.


The story revolves around a Rajput girl, Zoya Solanki, an executive in an advertising agency. She ends up becoming a lucky charm for the Indian Cricket team during the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Nikhil Khoda(Dulquer) play the Indian Cricket Team captain and Zoya's love interest.


In an interview, director Abhishek Sharma described the film to Mumbai Mirror as "Cricket woven into a rom-com and touching on superstition and luck." The film is based on the novel penned by Anuja Chauhan. She has also written additional dialogues for the film. Initially, Shah Rukh Khan bought rights to film the movie. But since the project did not take off three years after, Red Chillies Entertainment lost the rights and in 2013, Pooja Shetty acquired the movie adaptation rights of The Zoya Factor.


Principal photography commenced in Mumbai on 29 August 2018. Dulquer Salmaan joined the cast from 31 August 2018. The cricket sequences were filmed at DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai. The movie received a U certificate from the Censor Board on 17 June 2019.

Marketing and release

Sonam Kapoor a nd Dulquer Salmaan at trailer launch of The Zoya Factor
Initially the release date as 5 April 2019 was announced for the film, which was advanced to 14 June 2019, for a release during the 2019 Cricket World Cup. But finally, it is slated to release on 20 September, post the Cricket World Cup by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures's Indian label Fox Star Studios . In February, to promote the movie, Sonam Kapoor changed her social media handles to her character's name, 'Zoya Singh Solanki'. A first look poster giving the release date of the film was released on 23 May.  Release of the Sonam Kapoor – Dulquer Salmaan starrer The Zoya Factor postponed from June to September 20.[23] The official promo of film was released on 24th August 2019 through which the launch date of the trailer of the film has also been announced. The video appears to have been inspired by teleshopping ads. It features actor Pankaj Dheer where he introduce the 'Zoya Kavach' and tells how it helped in bringing fortune in his life. With the unique promotional strategy the makers have introduced some more new products under the 'Zoya Kavach' ahead of the trailer release. The official trailer of the film was released on 29 August 2019 by Fox Star Studios. Another promotional video was released which features a look alike of Indian cricket team captain who is seen praying to God and kissing his lucky charm - the Zoya locket before getting to the crease during a match. Many promotional videos were released by the makers where people shares different stories about Zoya Kavach which helped in bringing luck in thier lives.


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