The Zoya Factor Movie Review: Dulquer Salmaan shines in this quirky romantic drama

Sonam K Ahuja and Dulquer Salmaan's The Zoya Factor makes for a good rom-com but the predictability factor mars it down.
The Zoya Factor Movie Review: Dulquer Salmaan shines in this quirky romantic drama The Zoya Factor Movie Review: Dulquer Salmaan shines in this quirky romantic drama
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The Zoya Factor
The Zoya Factor cast:
Dulquer Salmaan, Sonam Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor, Angad Bedi & Sikander Kher
The Zoya Factor Director: Abhishek Sharma
The Zoya Factor Stars: 2.5/5

The Zoya Factor is, in essence, a sweet rom-com but is marred by a predictable plot and the palpable chemistry that we were expecting to see between Dulquer Salmaan and Sonam K Ahuja is missing. What saves the movie from drowning in predictability is the humour and performances of not only the lead actors but the supporting cast members as well. Talking about the cricket factor in the movie, if you are a cricket player or cricket aficionado, then do not expect much as the story is mostly around the protagonists and their love story and tiffs, hardly focusing on the sport.

Speaking of the storyline, the film follows the life of Zoya Solanki, an advertising executive, who was born when India had won the 1983 World Cup. Her fate takes a turn for the best when she gets discovered as a lucky charm by the players of the Indian cricket team. Whenever she has breakfast with them, that particular day the team witnesses victories. And when she doesn't, they get defeated on the field. However, skipper Nikhil Khoda, who she crushes on, hardly believes in luck. The ragtag team's sudden victories with multiple sixers and boundaries with every swack paves the way for Zoya as the lucky mascot of the Indian cricket team for the world cup. This is not all, she also gets Goddess like treatment and all the star attraction goes to her instead of the team as people believe she is the one who is leading the team to success and glory which eluded them for almost a year. Will Zoya's luck help the team to win? You have to watch the movie to know that.

The commentary which was relayed during match sequences deserves a special mention. I think the makers gave the best lines to those segments of the movie. They were well written and made the audience chuckle a bit.

There are many brilliant scenes in the movie and most of them revolve around either Dulquer or Sikander Kher. I think their roles were etched to perfection and they stole the show with their earnest performances. Sonam K Ahuja as Zoya Solanki is not that appealing; however, she is good in several parts. 

The biggest flaws of the movie are the predictable plot and its slow pace. The second half is faster but still unengaging. Also, as an audience, you are expected to suspend disbelief and believe the larger than life idea, bearing with some cliched treatment and inconsequential events that take place in the movie. The other big problem was the characters and their developments. Angad Bedi's character of Robin, who had villainous streaks falls flat without any depth. However, he gave a powerful performance. As far as the cinematography is concerned, the movie tried to do something different with Sonam directly talking to the audience but that was a fatal flaw.

All in all, the movie impresses despite having a foreseeable plot, with good dialogues, a reasonable length and terrific performances by few. Watch if you are a sucker for rom-coms.

(ALSO READ: The Zoya Factor: Katrina Kaif spills the beans on her lucky charm in a video shared by Sonam K Ahuja; WATCH)

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