Good performances grace a dull writing- The Zoya Factor film review

The movie is a tolerable watch only for Dulquer and Sonam's performances that punches above the screenplay.
Good performances grace a dull writing- The Zoya Factor film review

Chennai

We have often heard and said that 'If Anushka had come Virat would've performed well' & 'If Sakshi hadn't come Dhoni would've played a good knock'. Superstition and Cricket are fancied together in India. 'The Zoya Factor' is an over-the-brim representation of this emotion.
Before the hero and the heroine introduction we got to hear Shah Rukh Khan who is doing the narration part, a relief for his hibernation after the 'Zero' debacle.
For a movie that revolves around sports it is a given that the film culminates with an all important finals where the hero's team wins. The predictability too hits a sour note when it is a retake of the Indian cricket team's historic 2011 world cup journey. The slight tweaks here and there fails to amuse.
Sonam's asides are enjoyable only to an extent but as Zoya she dons many a hat; an unlucky copywriter, a disbelieving girl friend of a cricketer, his frenemy and a GODDESS. She sure has brought back her character in Ranjhanaa with the same name but an uninspiring screenplay speedbrakes her.
Half an hour into the movie, dullness sets in but it makes a recovery due to the good twist in the intermission. But the 2nd half is anybody's guess.
Dulquer Salmaan comes good as a person with capricious character whose intentions behind doing things gives some good and much needed twists. Yet he too falls flat after in the fag end of the 2nd half. Another big failing of the writing is whether Dulquer as Nikhil Khoda reprising MS Dhoni or not; Khoda's jersey number is 7 he is called the captain cool. If it is a reprisal then it isn't a faithful one.
Dulquer's Hindi is too good and this movie is only slightly better than his debut Karwaan which had an interesting premise.
There are no other character worth remembering as they were sketchy. The lighting and cinematography was good and consistent as the place of the scenes remained in the plush settings with a good 75% either in the indoors or the stadium and hotels.
The movie is a tolerable watch only for Dulquer and Sonam's performances that punches above the screenplay. Barring them there is little to look out for in this Abishek Sharma Ouever.
Another positive aspect is the inclusivity that Bollywood has been bracing from the 2010's. With the likes of Dhanush and Dulquer making strides in Bollywood and Nawaz who played the bad guy in Rajinikanth's Petta, there is hope that the industry would impart the much needed inclusivity and team-work to the polity of India that is running behind oneness.

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