The Zoya Factor Reviews (Top Critics)
By Rahul Desai

Late into The Zoya Factor, the captain of the Indian cricket team, Nikhil Khoda, experiences a rare moment of self-doubt. He, too, has begun to believe that Zoya Solanki, the team's lucky mascot, might actually be responsible for halting India's losing streak. All she does is show up. Up until now, he had detested the sense of superstition that she - a girl born the night India won the 1983 World Cup - enabled in a team of hard-boiled male athletes.

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By Bollywood Hungama (3/5)

THE ZOYA FACTOR is the story of a girl who considers herself unlucky but is the lucky charm for the country. Zoya Solanki (Sonam K Ahuja) is born on June 25, 1983, the day India won the 1983 Cricket World Cup final. Her father Vijayandra Singh Solanki (Sanjay Kapoor) declares that she'll prove beneficial for the cricket team, having born on such an auspicious occasion. While growing up, Zoya indeed turns out to be a lucky charm for Vijayandra and her brother Zorawar (Sikandar Kher) when they used to play Gully Cricket.

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By Devesh Sharma (3.5/5)

Zoya Solanki (Sonam Kapoor) is considered lucky for cricket by her ex-army officer father (Sanjay Kapoor) as she was born on the day India won the cricket world cup for the first time in '83. A turn of events makes her come in contact with the current Indian team, who also begin to think of her as a lucky mascot. The only one against her is the team's captain Nikhil Khoda (Dulquer Salmaan) who believes it's hard work and team spirit and not some good luck charm that wins matches.

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By Mayank Shekhar (2/5)

I know Sonam Kapoor, being as squeaky, ditsy on screen as possible, isn't quite Renee Zellweger; or Julia Roberts, for that matter. And while one's aware of actor Dulquer Salmaan being quite the female heartthrob down South, his screen presence doesn't obviously match the immensely natural ease of, say, Tom Cruise, or Hugh Grant.

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By Umesh Punwani (2/5)

The story of the film revolves around luck & they've got Shah Rukh Khan on-board to narrate the story. It's about a girl, Zoya (Sonam Kapoor), who was born on the day India won its first Cricket World Cup under the captaincy of Kapil Dev. Her father believes she's the gift of Cricket gods to the family. Now, as every Indian family, this family too follow some superstitions. Zoya grows up being a Junior Copywriter in an ad agency and she gets a chance to shoot with the Indian Cricket Team.

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By Priyanka Sinha Jha (3.5/5)

How far can luck take you in matters of the heart? Or in life? Destiny, or free will and determination? In a country where even those with the most scientific outlook submit to sitting in one position or wearing their 'lucky colour' when the Indian cricket team is playing an important match, The Zoya Factor that serves us cricket and its accompanying shenanigans with a romantic twist, has a fairly good chance of appealing to the audience.

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By Vishal Verma (3.5/5)

Based on the novel by the same name by Anuja Chauhan, THE ZOYA FACTOR is adapted for screen by Neha Rakesh Sharma and Pradhuman Singh. It's the story of a girl Zoya Solanki (Sonam K Ahuja) born on June 25, 1983, the historic day of Indian cricket when the Kapil Dev led Indian cricket team lifted the world cup. Elated father army man Vijayandra Singh Solanki (Sanjay Kapoor) believes that her daughter is the lucky charm for the Indian cricket team.

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The Indian Express
By Shubhra Gupta (2.5/5)

When it came out in 2008, Anuja Chauhan's The Zoya Factor redefined Indian chick-lit. I'd go further and say that her debut novel was one of a kind. It had the mandatory made-for-each-other girl and guy. It had the meet-cute, bicker-snicker will-she-won't-she, will-he-won't-he, till they did, which was fine and dandy all by itself. What Chauhan also did was corral the India it was set in (especially the vagaries of the advertising world) with a precise and wicked eye.

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By Nandini Ramnath (2.5/5)

Wannabe show boat meets dreamboat in The Zoya Factor, a movie that both suffers from miscasting and benefits from perfect casting. Abhishek Sharma's shambolic romantic comedy, based on the bestselling 2008 novel by Anuja Chauhan, gives top billing to Sonam Kapoor, but all the attention is hogged by the name that follows hers in the credits.

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The Hindu
By Namrata Joshi

The Zoya Factor is not quite what you'd assume it to be - a woman-centred romantic comedy. It's the hero who runs away with the chick flick. Based on Anuja Chauhan's novel of the same title, the film has a bumbling ad executive, Zoya Solanki (Sonam Kapoor) at its centre. On a shoot with the Indian cricket team, she ends up becoming its lucky mascot for the World Cup and also charms her way to the team captain Nikhil Khoda's (Dulquer Salmaan) heart. The ultimate romantic fantasy of any Indian girl next door.

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Hindustan Times
By Monika Rawal Kukreja

When luck is on your side, nothing can go wrong. But it is hard to say what will work as a 'lucky charm' for The Zoya Factor. An adaptation of Anuja Chauhan's novel by the same name, The Zoya Factor, starring Sonam Kapoor and Dulquer Salmaan as lead characters, explores a world that is unreal yet director Abhishek Sharma makes it believable. Though the central premise of the film is thin, it's the feel good factor that holds your attention.

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By Sukanya Verma (2/5)

A voice we'll easily recognise even from the farthest end of the spectrum opens The Zoya Factor, likening cricket to dengue and malaria in India. It's a dangerous bimaari, he warns, one the nation is infected by all year round. He would know. The man owns a cricket team. This same voice knows plenty about romance too.

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By Saibal Chatterjee (2/5)

Is well begun half done? Not so in the case of The Zoya Factor, an uneven page-to-screen exercise. The film's first half is breezy and mirth-filled enough to prevent its many missteps from coming in the way of an entertaining hour or so. But post-interval, it is quite another story. The pockmarks that riddle the screenplay (Neha Sharma, Pradhuman Singh and Anuja Chauhan) become all too obvious and drag the film down.

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By Anna M.M. Vetticad

On the face of it, The Zoya Factor is about an ordinary girl catapulted into extraordinary circumstances when some Indian cricketers start seeing her as their lucky mascot and she simultaneously becomes romantically involved with the team captain. There is more to this Hindi-English film though, as there was to the bestselling English novel by Anuja Chauhan on which it is based.

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The Times Of India
By Sreeparna Sengupta (3.5/5)

Born on the same day that India won the 1983 cricket World Cup, Zoya is considered by her family to be a lucky charm when it comes to winning matches, albeit gully cricket. But when the Indian cricket management want to sign her on as a lucky mascot for the present team, Zoya finds herself in a fix.

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By Lakshana N Palat (2.5/5)

"With a little bit of luck, you can run amok!" Strangely, these lyrics from Audrey Hepburn's My Fair Lady come to mind when watching The Zoya Factor, starring Sonam Kapoor and Dulquer Salmaan. And indeed, rather than putting its cast and breezy premise to good use, the film runs amok and you slowly begin to wonder why you should sit through 2.5 hours of this.

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