The Zoya Issue film solid: Dulquer Salmaan, Sonam Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor, Manu Rishi, Angad Bedi, Sikander Kher, Koel Purie
The Zoya Issue film director: Abhishek Sharma
The Zoya Issue film score: Two and a half stars
When it got here out in 2008, Anuja Chauhan’s The Zoya Issue redefined Indian chick-lit. I’d go additional and say that her debut novel was certainly one of a sort. It had the obligatory made-for-each-other woman and man. It had the meet-cute, bicker-snicker will-she-won’t-she, will-he-won’t-he, until they did, which was positive and dandy all by itself. What Chauhan additionally did was corral the India it was set in (particularly the vagaries of the promoting world) with a exact and depraved eye. The factor between the woman and man was contemporary and zingy, overlaid with simply the correct diploma of sexiness, and the entire was laugh-out-loud humorous.
The e-book was all the time going to be a film. No method that Zoya Solanki, the curly-haired klutzy promoting rookie, and Nikhil Khoda, the tall, darkish and good-looking cricketer, weren’t going to be lobbing snappy remarks and sparking collectively, on a display screen close to you.
It’s taken greater than ten years, and whereas Sonam’s Zoya and Dulquer’s Nikhil make a handsome pair, I wasn’t as blown away by them as I hoped to: they arrive collectively solely intermittently, as does the movie. The remainder of it’s surprisingly contrived and bland: how did the movie handle it with the creator, whose model of sprightly silliness could be addictive, on board?
The movie’s greatest bits belong to Dulquer, despite the fact that I saved hoping for him to interrupt out a bit extra. However nonetheless, he makes one thing of his Nikhil, the Indian cricket captain who believes in profitable by dint of laborious work, and who has to confront a googly within the form of Zoya, who turns, in a single day and fuzzily, into luck allure for the crew.
Kapoor has had some observe in being a pleasant ditz, and she or he aced that act in her Khoobsurat. Right here, she yo-yos between being-all-over-the-place-and-nailing-it, and you find yourself wanting extra, for Zoya to have that little particular one thing, particularly as a result of she has a lot display screen time.
Of the supporting solid, Rishi because the dodgy cricketing official stands out, as does the woman who performs a catty TV presenter. A number of members of the cricket crew are a hoot, particularly the superstitious bowler and the Jat cricketer with the heaviest Haryanvi accent this aspect of Sonepat. Aside from one crackling sequence, Kapoor as Zoya’s dad, and Kher as her `bhai’, each cricket-mad ‘faujis’, come and go flatly: is there a single scene wherein the ‘bada bhai’ doesn’t name Zoya ‘jhadoo’? Inform me in case you come throughout it.
For a rom-com which must be gentle on its toes, hitting fours and sixes because it goes alongside, the writing isn’t as supple because it ought to have been. Too many slog overs right here.
It’s Dulquer, sufficiently snarky and gooey-eyed in turns, who retains us . He’s already a longtime actor/star in Malayalam cinema. He made a mark together with his Bollywood debut Karwaan; right here he lifts all of it the way in which away. I’d name it the DQ Issue.