Sonam Kapoor and Dulquer Salmaan will be coming together for the first time in The Zoya Factor. Slated for September 20 release, the film is based on Anuja Chauhan’s 2008 novel with the same title. The rom-com features Dulquer Salmaan as a top cricketer and Sonam as an ad agency executive. The film also stars Sanjay Kapoor and Angad Bedi in interesting roles.
For the unversed, Dulquer made his Bollywood debut last year with Karwaan, alongside Irrfan Khan and Mithila Palkar. Opening up about the response his Hindi movie debut received, Dulquer said in an interview, “The biggest takeaway for many was my Hindi language skills. It was very important for me that they didn’t hear my accent. It’s reassuring because I guess I have the potential to work in all languages. Many were like Why didn’t you do something commercial? More of an entertainer?’ But Karwaan had so much heart when I first heard it. I don’t think I am entitled to any kind of debut launch in any industry. I didn’t do that in Malayalam. Why should I change that trend for Hindi? With The Zoya Factor I am hoping people can see that this guy who played Avinash can be Nikhil too.”
Also opening up about his character in The Zoya Factor, the South superstar said, “Anuja [Chauhan] has put a bit of all captains in him from Virat Kohli to MS Dhoni. I think we have captured the essence of the book. It’s a nice adaptation and smartly made into a film and Anuja [Chauhan] was a part of it too. Zoya and Nikhil keep locking horns. He’s stubborn about his beliefs and principles which I get because when people tell me why don’t you do a remake of your dad’s films or sequels or major hardcore commercial cinema I find myself having to explain that that’s not what I want to do. I really got where Nikhil is coming from. But he’s portrayed as very cool, brash and suave which is not me at all.”
We sure are looking forward to watching you in the film, Dulquer!