BizAsiaLive.com reported in January that there were rumours that Dulquer Salmaan would be joining Sonam Kapoor in the Hindi on-screen version of Anuja Chauhan’s 2008 novel ‘The Zoya Factor’. The film’s release date is also now confirmed.
According to Mumbai Mirror, the film is expected to go on the floors in August and will release on 5th April 2019. Director Abhishek Sharma spoke about the film, having finalised the script only recently, “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”.
On why he zeroed in on Kapoor for the role, Sharma went on to say, “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”.
On casting Salmaan as the captain of the Indian Cricket team, Sharma added, “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”.
Fox Star Studios are set to collaborate with Aarti and Pooja Shetty for the venture.
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