A Bollywood adaptation of Anuja Chauhan's book 'The Zoya Factor', starring Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Dulquer Salmaan, is out this week. The Abhishek Sharma-directed film also features Sikander Kher and Sanjay Kapoor and a doppleganger of Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli. The romantic-drama is centred around Zoya Solanki who is a lucky mascot for the Indian cricket team during the 2011 world cup. Speaking to the Asian Voice about the movie, Sonam said,
“I think it is the coming of age of girls which we don't see very often in Bollywood movies and it is a cute love story.
“Zoya is the lucky mascot of the Indian cricket team and the movie is all about superstition versus hard work. In the Indian community we believe in so many aspects of vastu and astrology which I think is fun but it is also sometimes a little too much.”
Superstition has always been at the heart of the Indian community but has also encroached the social media space. It has been thrust into spotlight following the marriage of Anushka Sharma and ace cricketer Virat Kohli. Recently many fans have trolled the Bollywood actress on social media as her presence at these cricket matches has been perceived to be a “distraction” for Kohli. Refuting such baseless claims, Sonam said-
“I think that this concept is ridiculous because Anushka is his wife and if she was not an actress then would the fans say the same thing?
“Also I have believe that there have been times when Virat has won his matches. So I don't believe she is affecting his cricket or distraction to him in any way.”
The Zoya Factor releases on 20th September at the theatres near you.