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Rating: 2.5/5 

Cast: Dulquer Salmaan, Sonam Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor, Angad Bedi and Sikander Kher Director: Abhishek Sharma

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The Zoya Factor is the story of an average girl, Zoya Solanki (Sonam Kapoor.)  Born on the day India won the Cricket World Cup in 1983, she is considered lucky for the Indian Cricket Team by her father Vijayendra Singh Solanki (Sanjay Kapoor.)  However, Zoya doesn’t have any stroke of luck in real life.  She gets dumped by her boyfriend and has an unimpressed boss at work. 

Zoya’s luck changes when she is sent to shoot an ad with the Indian Cricket Team and meets the hardworking Captain of the Team, Nikhil Khoda (Dulquer Salmaan) and his overly superstitious team members.  After accidentally narrating her luck factor story, she quickly becomes the Team’s lucky charm, much to Khoda’s annoyance.  However, destiny has something different in store for Zoya and Nikhil and the rest of the movie is about how these opposite personalities fall for each other.

Review: 

Perhaps the only good thing about this Abhishek Sharma directorial is its lead actor, Dulquer Salmaan.  Dulquer, as the focused and hardworking Nikhil Khoda, gives a brilliant performance and stands out, thanks to his amazing acting skills.  His romance with Sonam Kapoor is quite convincing.  Sonam Kapoor, however, tries to channel her Khoobsurat persona in the movie, which misses its mark at places.  The movie tries hard to discuss whether luck plays any role when it comes to success and if believing in superstitions is a good idea.  However, the message of the film gets lost somewhere due to the average execution.

The script of the film has nothing good to offer and lacks creativity.  The jokes throughout the movie fall flat and the second part of the film is hard to sit through.  Another factor in the film which could prove to be a turn off while watching The Zoya Factor is the extent of product placement, like the excessive mention of Nerolac and Dairy Milk throughout the film.

The Zoya Factor is the kind of movie one can easily miss.

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Priyanka Chopra And Parineeti Chopra To Lend Voices For Frozen 2 Hindi Version

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Priyanka Chopra and Parineeti Chopra are collaborating for the first time in their careers.  The sisters will lend their voices for the Hindi version of Disney’s Frozen 2.  While Priyanka will voice for Queen Elsa’s character, Parineeti will voice for Queen Elsa’s little sister, Princess Anna.

Priyanka Chopra revealed the news on her official Instagram handle.

 

Priyanka, who is excited about the opportunity, said, “Elsa is a fictional character who’s known to be strongly opinionated and level headed, traits that I deeply connect with. This not only made me want to be part of the film, but also gives me a wonderful opportunity to present one of the most successful animated films to our local audiences. My happiness just goes up a notch knowing that Parineeti will be voicing Anna’s character. The two of us have never worked together before and this seems like a perfect movie to come together and an experience that I am going to cherish forever.

Priyanka Chopra’s recent film, The Sky Is Pink, was well received by the critics and the audience alike.  The actress is back to the U.S., to shoot for her upcoming Netflix film, The White Tiger.  Meanwhile, Parineeti Chopra will be next seen in Bhuj: The Pride Of India, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar and The Girl On The Train.

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Rajkummar Rao About The Remake Of 1975 Movie Chupke Chupke

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Talented actor Rajkummar Rao recently confirmed he would be a part of the remake of Chupke Chupke.  It was in April 2019 that news of Rao joining the film started making the rounds.  It was reported the actor would reprise the role of Dr. Parimal Tripathi, portrayed by Dharmendra in the original film. 

Rajkummar Rao also added, “It’s a big responsibility to step into his shoes. The scripting is underway now. We know that we can’t match Hrishida’s (Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Director) standard, but we will try to put our best foot forward.”

The 1975 movie Chupke Chupke was a remake of a Bengali film called Chhadmabeshi and was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.  The movie starred Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan in lead roles.

Meanwhile, Rajkummar Rao is busy promoting his upcoming film, Made In China.  The movie is directed by Mikhil Musale and produced by Dinesh Vijan under Maddock Films.  Apart from Rajkummar Rao, the movie also stars Mouni Roy, Boman Irani, Sumeet Vyas and Amyra Dastur in lead roles.  Made In China will be released on October 25th, 2019.

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This Is How Long It Took To Get Remake Rights Of The Bala Song

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Bala, the latest song from the upcoming movie Housefull 4, went viral on social media.  The wacky track features Akshay Kumar in a bald avatar, dancing his heart out.  The actor also started an online challenge called the #balachallenge.  The challenge saw many people, including celebrities like Ayushmann Khurrana and Kareena Kapoor Khan, doing the signature hook step from the song and posting to social media.

The song is an official remake of a song composed by artist Tony Montana.  In an interview, the producer of the movie, Sajid Nadiadwala, revealed it took the makers 6 months to get the remake rights of the song and further 2 months to get the required approval for the song’s lyrics.  Nadiadwala also revealed it took director Farhad Samjhi just 20 minutes to write the song’s lyrics. 

Directed by Farhad Samjhi, Housefull 4 is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under his banner Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment and Fox Star Studios.  The movie stars Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon, Pooja Hegde and Kriti Kharbanda in lead roles.  Housefull 4 is set to hit theaters on October 25th, 2019.

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Farhan Akhtar Suffers Injury During Toofan Shoot

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Actor Farhan Akhtar, who is busy shooting for his upcoming movie Toofan, suffered a hairline fracture on the set of the film.

The actor shared an X-ray of his hand on his Instagram page with the caption, “When nature plays Tetris .. and yup, that’s my first legit boxing injury .. a hairline fracture on the hamate (courtesy @kongkoul ????????)found among the carpal bones of the hand. #nopainnogain #ToofanInTheMaking #trophycollector #weareallthesameinside.

Farhan Akhtar will portray the role of a boxer in the film.  Akhtar underwent intensive training for months to prepare for his role.  The movie will also reunite Farhan Akhtar with filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.  The duo last worked on the 2013 hit Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, in which Farhan Akhtar portrayed the role of the legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh. 

Farhan Akhtar was last seen in Shonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink, which also stars Priyanka Chopra, Zaira Wasim and Rohit Suresh Saraf in lead roles.  The film is based on the real life story of Aisha Chaudhary, who lost her life to pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 18. 

On the other hand, Toofan, which also stars Paresh Rawal as Farhan Akhtar’s on screen boxing coach, will be released on October 2nd, 2020.

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Shahid Kapoor To Star In Another Telugu Movie’s Remake

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Shahid Kapoor is riding high after the success of Kabir Singh, the Hindi remake of the Telugu film Arjun ReddyKabir Singh became the highest grossing Bollywood film of 2019.  Now, the actor is all set to star in the Hindi version of another Telugu hit, Jersey.  The Hindi remake of Jersey will be directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, who also helmed the original version.

About his decision to cast Shahid Kapoor in the lead, Gowtam Tinnanuri said, “I’m really looking forward to remaking my film Jersey in Hindi and taking it to national audiences and there is no one better then Shahid Kapoor to recreate the magic of the original for Hindi audiences.”

The Telugu version of the film starred Nani in the lead role and followed the story of a cricket player, Arjun and his struggles to make it into the Indian Cricket Team.  The movie also starred Shraddha Srinath, Harish Kalyan, Sanusha, Sathyaraj, Sampath Raj and Viswant in pivotal roles.

The Hindi version of Jersey will be produced by Allu Aravind, Aman Gill and Dil Raju.  The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on August 28th, 2020.

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