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When Anil Kapoor felt Sonam could have proved lucky for India at the World Cup semi-final


At the trailer launch for The Zoya Factor, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja recalled the day when India lost to New Zealand at the cricket World Cup earlier this year. 

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Keyur Seta

In director Abhishek Sharma’s The Zoya Factor (2019), Sonam Kapoor Ahuja plays the character of a girl, Zoya Solanki, who turns out to be lucky for India’s cricket team.

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During the trailer launch of the film, she was asked if she feels India would have won the World Cup semi-final this year against New Zealand if she had gone to watch the match. 

To this, the actress said that her father, actor Anil Kapoor, was there at Manchester stadium, and she could also have gone as well, but had an appointment.

“My dad had gone to see the semi-final. He was very excited, so he flew in. It was a big situation. He asked me to come down to Manchester, but I said I can’t because of doctor’s appointment. He still said, do come beta, it will be very lucky for the team,” she said. 

Sonam also indicated that India could have won if Anil would have seen the full match. The game went on for two days because of rain delays. “My dad went for the match when we were sort of winning. He then had to go back. So, maybe my father is lucky for the Indian cricket team,” she added. 

Sonam added that she has been lucky for her father ever since she was in her mother’s womb. “When I was conceived, my father’s life changed [with] Ram Lakhan (1989), Tezaab (1988), etc. So, my parents think I am very lucky for them,” she said.

The Zoya Factor, also starring Dulquer Salmaan, will be released on 20 September.