South Indian actor Dulquer Salmaan’s Bollywood film with Sonam Kapoor has been creating quite a buzz lately. And on Tuesday, the actor released the poster of the film, The Zoya Factor, on his Instagram account.
The poster shows Dulquer and Sonam holding and peeking out from behind the eponymous novel by Anuja Chauhan, on which the film is based.
The film is directed by Abhishek Sharma and bankrolled by Fox Star Studios. The screenplay has been penned by Neha Rakesh Sharma, and the dialogues are written by Pradhuman Singh.
The much-awaited film is slated for release on April 5, 2019, said Sonam Kapoor while sharing the poster on Twitter.
Released in 2008, the wildly popular novel is the story of Zoya Singh Solanki, an advertising executive, who ends up being the ‘lucky charm’ for the Indian cricket team.
While Zoya’s role will be essayed by Sonam, Dulquer will be seen in the character of Nikhil Khoda, the skipper of the Indian cricket team, who is sceptical about the hype surrounding Zoya and according to the novel, does not believe in luck.
Abhishek Sharma had talked about the film in an earlier interview, and said, “Cricket woven into a rom-com and touching on superstition and luck, it’s an amazing book for a screen adaptation.” He added that the additional dialogues are being written by Anuja herself.
It was apparently Dulquer’s role in the Mani Ratnam film OK Kanmani which convinced Abhishek to cast him in The Zoya Factor. The Tere Bin Laden fame director admits that he wasn’t aware of Dulquer’s work until he was made to see the trailer of the Mani Ratnam blockbuster, which clinched the deal.
This is Dulquer’s second Bollywood project. He made his debut with Ronnie Screwala’s Karwan, which is yet to release. It also stars Irrfan Khan and Mithila Palkar.