Sonal Pandya

Sonal Pandya
Deputy Editor

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Before writing features for Cinestaan.com, Sonal Pandya worked as a compositor on several animated films, including the animated version of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. She was also research assistant for Anupama Chopra on The Front Row and Star Verdict as well as the book, 100 Films To See Before You Die. Sonal prefers watching films with subtitles, even when she knows the language well, to better understand the dialogues. Her favourite Hindi films are Padosan (1968), Masoom (1983) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), though she can usually be found watching, or re-watching, any animated film when given the opportunity.

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Zohra Segal’s perseverance was remarkable, says biographer Ritu Menon

The author of Segal’s biography, published by Speaking Tiger Books, shares insights into the late dancer-actress’s life and remarkable career that took her all around the world.

4 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

There is no training you get on how to deal with a terrorist attack, says Tina Desai

The actress speaks about the challenges of filming the Amazon Prime Video web-series Mumbai Diaries 26/11, the audience’s response, and why she chose her character Ananya.

5 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Gujarati

21mu Tiffin trailer: Niilam Paanchal stands out as a home cook who wishes to make a difference

The emotional feature details the awakening of a woman who is mostly defined by her role as a homemaker.

5 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Malayalam

New trailer for Tovino Thomas’s Minnal Murali adds intrigue about origin story; watch video

The upcoming Malayalam film features Tovino as an ordinary man who gains super powers after being struck by lightning.

5 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

35 years of Nagina: The film that took Sridevi to the No 1 spot

The Harmesh Malhotra feature, which was released on 28 November 1986, gave the actress an opportunity to lead a Hindi film for the first time.

8 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Tadap song ‘Hoye Ishq Na’: Pritam’s love ballad on betrayal cuts deep

The emotional number features a restrained B Praak and a rap section written and performed by Dino James.

9 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review

Dil Bekaraar review: Akshay Oberoi, Sahher Bambba save this otherwise bland adaptation

The romantic saga, directed by Habib Faisal, adds family problems, a political scandal and the era of the 1980s to the plot.

9 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Aarya (Season 2) trailer: Sushmita Sen's fierce matriarch character returns to vanquish multiple foes

The follow-up to the first season of the crime drama series sees a host of characters returning as well as new faces.

11 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Gujarati

IFFI 2021: 21st Tiffin depicts all women who have lost their identity, says filmmaker Vijaygiri Bava

The feature film, starring Niilam Panchal, is the only Gujarati film selected for the Indian Panorama.

12 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Tryst With Destiny character is unlike anything I have played before: Palomi Ghosh

The actress speaks about her latest role in the SonyLIV web-series and also discusses how OTT platforms are changing content.

13 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Bengali

Satyajit Ray exhibition begins at Academy Museum

The birth centenary of the Indian filmmaker and artiste is being celebrated with a special two-part retrospective.  

13 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Aranyak trailer: Raveena Tandon snares her biggest case in this mystery thriller

The actress plays a local cop who has to solve a case of two missing foreigners while simultaneously dealing with her own replacement in this spooky drama.

13 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Shahid Kapoor steps out on the field in first look of Jersey; see poster

The trailer for the Hindi remake of the Telugu hit film will be released tomorrow.

14 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Inside Edge (Season 3) trailer: Rivalries, corruption, politics, cricket return for a fresh round

The new season of the Amazon Prime Video web-series features some high-stakes action on and off the field.

14 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Kannada

Every day on Shivamma brought new challenges, says Jai Shankar

The Kannada filmmaker is making his feature film debut with this project.

17 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review

Dhamaka review: Dramatic thriller which bites off more than it can chew

Kartik Aaryan plays a journalist caught in the crosshairs of television ratings, truth and ethics in this far-fetched drama by Ram Madhvani.

17 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Illegal (Season 2) trailer: Neha Sharma goes up against Piyush Mishra in this fierce legal feud

Sharma plays ‘mad lawyer’ Niharika Singh who takes on her former mentor (Mishra) in a case she cannot afford to lose.

20 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review

Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham review: Whacky comedy backed by good supporting cast but stretched too far

This quirky whodunnit about a missing pair of earrings, directed by Ratheesh Balakrishnan Poduval, is amusing at first but descends into madness in the second half.

23 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article English Hindi

Cobalt Blue trailer: A stranger disrupts the lives of two siblings

Sachin Kundalkar adapts his own novel of the same name in this arresting film set in Kerala.

24 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Uljhan review: A couple wrestles with an ethical dilemma in this thoughtful, compelling drama

First-time filmmaker Ashish Pant has crafted a sensitive feature that examines the weighty issues of privilege, caste and equality.

24 days ago — Sonal Pandya