Is Sonam’s character in ‘The Zoya Factor’ inspired by Mandira Bedi?

Sakal Times
Sunday, 25 August 2019

Sonam Kapoor and Dulquer Salmaan starrer The Zoya Factor created a lot of buzz after its motion poster released last week. According to latest rumours, the film is inspired from the life of actress, and presenter Mandira Bedi.

Sonam Kapoor and Dulquer Salmaan starrer The Zoya Factor created a lot of buzz after its motion poster released last week. According to latest rumours, the film is inspired from the life of actress, and presenter Mandira Bedi.

A little birdie told us, that the book authored by Anuja Chauhan, is inspired by the life of Mandira Bedi, who gained massive traction after the 2003 World Cup. Mandira, who was originally an actor started her stint as a presenter for the Indian Cricket team and it was her compeering and the luck that followed for the team, that is still remembered.

A source close to the team shared, “Mandira Bedi’s association with the cricket team as their compere somehow had proven to be lucky for the cricket team. Whenever the team’s day started with a greeting from Mandira, that was the day they won. And therefore it was believed that she is indeed the lucky mascot for our cricket team.”

The source further adds that in the earlier days of reading sessions between the author (Anuja), director and the actors, they often discussed how the book is hugely inspired by Mandira’s life. “Sonam hence drew references for her character basis the same,” the source says. 

The Zoya Factor is about a Rajput girl named Zoya Singh Solanki (played by Sonam Kapoor) who meets the Indian cricket team through her job as an executive in an advertising agency and ends up becoming a lucky charm for the team in the 2010 Cricket World Cup. The film is directed by Abhishek Sharma.

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