This will be the first time Sonam Kapoor will be paired with Dulquer Salmaan
This will be the first time Sonam Kapoor will be paired with Dulquer Salmaan

Sonam Kapoor's upcoming film is a rom-com with a lotta cricket.

The actor is pairing up with South Indian sensation Dulquer Salmaan for this movie based on the 2008 Anuja Chauhan novel, The Zoya Factor.

Mumbai Mirror reports that the film, helmed by Tere Bin Laden director Abhishek Sharma, will begin shooting in August.

“Cricket woven into a rom-com and touching on superstition and luck, it’s an amazing book for a screen adaptation. The book has many layers, characters and tracks, so it took Neha Rakesh Sharma some time to pen a tight screenplay and Pradhuman Singh to write the dialogues. Now, we’ve gone back to Anuja who’s happy with the script to polish it and work on additional dialogues as nobody knows the characters better than her,” reveals Abhishek Sharma.

The Zoya Factor revolves around an executive in an advertising agency who meets the cricket team through her job and ends up being their lucky charm for the 2010 world cup. According to the director of the upcoming film, Sonam Kapoor is perfect for the role of Zoya.

“She was the first person that came to my mind as she’s as bubbly as Zoya and after seeing Neerja, I’d sent her an autographed copy of the book requesting that she read it. We both got busy with our respective commitments after that but a few months later, Sonam checked with Aarti, a close friend of hers, on the status of the screen adaptation,” says Abhishek.

This will be the first time Sonam will be paired with Dulquer Salmaan, who will be playing the cynical captain of the cricket team.

According to Abhishek, "I knew immediately that this was the boy we were looking for. In the book, Nikhil is from the North but in our film, he hails from the South but speaks good Hindi... I later saw parts of Bangalore Days and Comrade in America and was most impressed.”

So there are definitely some changes in the script but Abhishek confirms that there are "a few for which I convinced Anuja. The story is now set in 2011 before India lifted its second World Cup and we have shifted base from Delhi to Mumbai."

Sonam Kapoor also shares excitement for The Zoya Factor, saying, "It’s always nice to play vibrant, empowered women. I’m excited that Pooja and Aarti are making this film with me and Abhishek, who is brilliant with actors."

The Zoya Factor is slated for release on April 5, 2019.

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