The Zoya Factor Music Review: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Woo Us Again With This Five-Track Album

There are more hits than misses in this one

The Zoya Factor Music Review: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Woo Us Again With This Five-Track Album
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The soundtrack of The Zoya Factor has been released online, with the film slated to arrive in theatres today. All the tracks have been composed by Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy, while the lyrics have been penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Biggies like Arijit Singh and Benny Dayal feature in the vocals department, and so do the likes of Yasser Desai, Alyssa Mendonsa and veteran actor Raghuvir Yadav. Let us delve into this album to get to know its music better.

The soundtrack begins with ‘Kaash,’ a romantic song used to showcase the brewing closeness between the characters of Sonam Kapoor and Dulquer Salmaan. The lyrics play on the situation of not being able to convey your feelings, with the chorus line going, “Tu agar kaash samajh payein, mere liya kya hai tu.” The feeling of being in love with someone is also summarized beautifully by the lines, “Meherbaani hai takdeeron ki, jo teri meri raahein yun aa ke mili hain.” Arijit Singh and Alyssa Mendonsa belt out this number with finesse. The dreamy lyrics and the romantic composition make ‘Kaash’ a big highlight from this soundtrack.

The next song from The Zoya Factor is ‘Lucky Charm,’ which plays upon the film’s main plot point; that of Sonam’s character being lucky for the Indian cricket team. It embraces our everyday superstitions with lyrics like, “Billi raasta kaat gai toh, bante bante bigda kaam. Mirror ka sheesha crack hua toh, kuch gadbad hogi hai ram. Kadam daahina ghar ke bahar, pehle rakhiyega srimaan. Agar nikalne se pehle, koi cheenke na rakhiyega dhyan.” The chorus is a bit generic, but the song has come together nicely. Also, it’s the perfect song for Raghuvir Yadav’s singing style, so he’s a great fit in it.

‘Pepsi Ki Kasam’ will give you Nucleya vibes with its EDM nature. It’s however, a week link in the album. The Benny Dayal-sung track lacks a good flow, and goes haywire with its music. The lyrics, trying to convey romance through a rich, advertising-obsessed sportsmen’s eyes, also lack depth. The complete opposite is ‘Maheroo,’ a soft and melancholic track sung very well by Yasser Desai. It’s also got great lyrics. Take its opening lines for instance – “Ishq ka dil haqdaar hai. Yaad ye dilaata tujhe baar baar hai. Na use nazarandaz kar. Wo tere khayalon mein jo ek yaar hai. Khayalon se tere nikal ke. Ab wo mila hai tujhe roobaroo.” The album closes with an unplugged version of ‘Kaash,’ sung by Arijit alone.

The Zoya Factor is a film based on Anuja Chauhan’s 2008 novel of the same name, which follows the story of Zoya Solanki, who becomes a lucky charm for the Indian Cricket team during the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Apart from Sonam and Dulquer, it also stars Sanjay Kapoor, Angad Bedi and Sikander Kher, among others.