The Zoya Factor

“The Zoya Factor” starring Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor (right) and Malyalam superstar Dulquer Salmaan (left) is an adaptation of Anuja Chauhan’s best seller novel of the same name. (photo provided)

MUMBAI—The Sonam Kapoor-Dulquer Salmaan film, “The Zoya Factor” an adaptation of Anuja Chauhan’s best seller novel of the same name, has got a release date.

Fox Star Studios and Adlabs Films’ latest collaboration will see a fresh pairing of Sonam Kapoor and Salmaan Dulquer; it will release on Apr. 5, 2019. Kapoor will be essaying the character of the title role of Zoya. Dulquer, a heartthrob of the Malayalam industry, known for his successful films like “O Kaadhal Kanmani,” “Bangalore Days” and “Kammatipaadam,” will essay the role of Nikhil.

The film is about a Rajput girl, Zoya Solanki, who meets the Indian cricket team through her job as an executive in an advertising agency, and ends up becoming a lucky charm for the team in the 2010 Cricket World Cup. Solanki was born at the moment when India lifted the 1983 World Cup! This rom-com will be helmed by Abhishek Sharma who has directed “Tere Bin Laden” and is directing John Abraham’s home production “Parmanu.”

Rucha Pathak, chief creative officer, Fox Star Studios, said, “It’s a hat-trick for us at Fox Star Studios with Sonam Kapoor, after ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo’ and ‘Neerja.’ We are equally excited to have South superstar Salmaan Dulquer alongside Sonam as a fresh new pair.”

Pooja Deora, MD, Adlabs, added, “This is a book we have loved and lived with for a long time. Aarti and I have worked with Abhishek Sharma for many years, and we are excited and confident about the output. We are blessed to have Sonam, Dulquer and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy as part of the core team.”

Director Sharma said, “Cricket woven into a rom-com and touching on superstition and luck makes for an amazing book for a screen adaptation. The book has many layers, characters and tracks. Sonam was the first person that came to my mind as she’s as bubbly as Zoya, and Dulquer will play Nikhil Khoda, the captain of the Indian cricket team in the film.”

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