The Zoya Factor (film)

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The Zoya Factor
The Zoya Factor poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAbhishek Sharma[1]
Produced byFox Star Studios
Pooja Shetty
Aarrti Shetty
Written byAnuja Chauhan
Pradhuman Singh (dialogues)[2]
Screenplay byNeha Rakesh Sharma
Pradhuman Singh[2]
Based onThe Zoya Factor
by Anuja Chauhan
StarringDulquer Salmaan
Sonam Kapoor
Music bySongs:
Indrajit Sharma
Parikshit Sharma
CinematographyManoj Lobo
Edited byUtsav Bhagat
Fox Star Studios
Ad-Labs Films Limited
Distributed byFox Star Studios
Release date
  • 20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)[3]
Running time
134 minutes[4]

The Zoya Factor is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film, starring Dulquer Salmaan and Sonam Kapoor.[5] It is directed by Abhishek Sharma and produced by Fox Star Studios, Pooja Shetty and Aarrti Shetty.[6] The film is a light adaptation of Anuja Chauhan's 2008 novel of the same name,[7] 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.[1][8]


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.[1] Nikhil Khoda(Dulquer) play the Indian Cricket Team captain and Zoya's love interest.[2][9][10][11]


  • Dulquer Salmaan as Nikhil Khoda, Indian Cricket Team Captain
  • Sonam Kapoor as Zoya Singh Solanki, an advertising executive
  • Sanjay Kapoor as Vijayendra Singh Solanki, Zoya's father
  • Angad Bedi as Robin Rawal, Indian Cricketer
  • Sikander Kher as Zoravar Singh Solanki, Zoya's brother
  • Udit Arora as Ketan, Indian Opening Batsman
  • Abhilash Chaudhary as Shivnath(Shivi), Indian Opening Batsman
  • Jashan Singh Kohli as Navneet Singh, Indian cricketer
  • Gandharv Dewan as Hharviindar (Harry) Singh, Indian cricketer
  • Abhishek Madrecha as Zahid Pathan, Indian cricketer
  • Manu Rishi
  • Pooja Bhamrrah
  • Koel Purie
  • Pradhuman Singh
  • Saurabh Shukla as Nikhil's dad
  • Rahul Khanna as Nikhil's brother
  • Sachin Deshpande as Lakhi, Indian cricketer
  • Vikas Mandaliya as Vishal
  • Shoaib Ahmed as Dabbu
  • R. Bhakti Klein as Wes Hardin, Indian Coach
  • Sachin Deshpande as Indian cricketer
  • Pankaj Dheer (Guest appearance)


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."[12] The film is based on the novel penned by Anuja Chauhan. She has also written additional dialogues for the film.[13] Initially, Shah Rukh Khan bought rights to film the movie.[14] 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.[15]


Principal photography commenced in Mumbai on 29 August 2018.[16] Dulquer Salmaan joined the cast from 31 August 2018.[17] The cricket sequences were filmed at DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai.[18] The movie received a U certificate from the Censor Board on 17 June 2019.[19]


The Zoya Factor
Soundtrack album by
Released18 September 2019[20]
StudioPurple Haze Studios
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelZee Music Company
Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy chronology
The Zoya Factor
External audio
Jukebox on YouTube

The music of the film is composed by Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy while lyrics are written by Amitabh Bhattacharya.

Track listing
1."Kaash"Arijit Singh, Alyssa Mendonsa4:15
2."Lucky Charm"Raghuvir Yadav, Shankar Mahadevan3:03
3."Pepsi Ki Kasam"Benny Dayal2:41
4."Maheroo"Yaseer Desai3:52
5."Kaash" (Unplugged)Arijit Singh3:29
Total length:17:20

Marketing and release[edit]

Sonam Kapoor and 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 .[3][21][22] In February, to promote the movie, Sonam Kapoor changed her social media handles to her character's name, 'Zoya Singh Solanki'.[23] A first look poster giving the release date of the film was released on 23 May.[3] Release of the Sonam Kapoor – Dulquer Salmaan starrer The Zoya Factor postponed from June to September 20.[24] The official promo of film was released on 24 August 2019 through which the launch date of the trailer of the film has also been announced.[25] The video appears to have been inspired by teleshopping ads.[26] It features actor Pankaj Dheer where he introduce the 'Zoya Kavach' and tells how it helped in bringing fortune in his life.[27] With the unique promotional strategy the makers have introduced some more new products under the 'Zoya Kavach' ahead of the trailer release.[28] The official trailer of the film was released on 29 August 2019 by Fox Star Studios.[29] 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.[30][31] Many promotional videos were released by the makers where people shares different stories about Zoya Kavach which helped in bringing luck in their lives.[32][33][34]


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  2. ^ a b c Toshali, Tanya (15 March 2018). "The Zoya Factor Is All Set To Hit The Silver Screen". Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Sonam-Dulquer starrer The Zoya Factor's new release date announced". Indian Express. 23 May 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
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  6. ^ "On Dulquer Salmaan's birthday, Sonam K Ahuja wishes him by sharing a new and romantic still from 'The Zoya Factor'". DNA India. 28 July 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
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  13. ^ Upadhyay, Karishma (9 August 2019). "Anuja Chauhan's journey into Bollywood". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  14. ^ "`The Zoya Factor` to be made into a movie by Red Chillies". Zee News. 4 October 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Pooja Shetty buys The Zoya Factor rights from SRK". Hindustan Times. 9 April 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Lucky Charm Of Indian Cricket Team Sonam Kapoor Starts Shooting Of 'Zoya Factor'". Outlookindia. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  17. ^ August 29, Darshana Devi-; Ist, 2018 09:58 Pm. "The Zoya Factor: Sonam Kapoor kicks off filming in SoBo". Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  18. ^ "Sonam Kapoor begins shooting for The Zoya Factor with Sanjay Kapoor". Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  19. ^ Narayanan, Nirmal (19 June 2019). "Dulquer Salmaan turns producer; all set to make a movie with Mollywood action king". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
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  21. ^ "Sonam Kapoor and Dulquer Salmaan to star in 'The Zoya Factor'". Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  22. ^ "The Zoya Factor Is A Different Kind Of Experience Says Abhishek Sharma". The Hans India. 26 January 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  23. ^ Singh, Shalini (15 February 2019). "Sonam Kapoor changes her name to Zoya Singh Solanki on social media and we know the reason - details inside". Times Now News. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  24. ^ "CONFIRMED: Release of the Sonam Kapoor – Dulquer Salmaan starrer The Zoya Factor postponed". Bollywood Hungama. 23 May 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  25. ^ "The Zoya Factor trailer to arrive on August 27; Mahabharat's Pankaj Dheer makes announcement in funny video". Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  26. ^ "Sonam Kapoor's new The Zoya Factor promo video pokes fun at teleshopping ads. Watch here". Hindustan Times. 24 August 2019. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  27. ^ "The Zoya Factor: Pankaj Dheer advertises the 'Zoya Kavach' in this zany promo". The Indian Express. 24 August 2019. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  28. ^ "Watch: Makers of 'The Zoya Factor' introduce some more 'Zoya Kavach' products ahead of the trailer launch - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  29. ^ "The Zoya Factor - Official Trailer - Sonam K Ahuja - Dulquer Salmaan - Dir: Abhishek Sharma - Sep 20". YouTube. Fox Star Studios. 29 August 2019.
  30. ^ "Watch: Virat Kohli's lookalike grabs eyeballs in Sonam-Dulquer's 'The Zoya Factor'". Deccan Chronicle. 11 September 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  31. ^ "The Zoya Factor new promo sees Virat Kohli doppelganger taking a chance at Sonam Kapoor's 'lucky charm' theory- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. 10 September 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  32. ^ The Zoya Factor | Cards | Sonam Kapoor | Dulquer Salmaan | Sep 20, retrieved 13 September 2019
  33. ^ The Zoya Factor | Job Interview | Sonam Kapoor | Dulquer Salmaan | Sep 20, retrieved 13 September 2019
  34. ^ The Zoya Factor | Fake News | Sonam Kapoor | Dulquer Salmaan | Sep 20, retrieved 13 September 2019

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