Senior Feature Writer

Before writing features for, 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.
Editorial Team

Articles by Sonal

Article Hindi

Only want to outdo my last film, says Taapsee Pannu

The Manmarziyaan (2018) actress discusses her latest film Mission Mangal (2019), working with Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan, and why she does not have any complaints about competition in her profession.

9 hours ago — Sonal Pandya

Article American

Priyanka Chopra to star in Netflix film, We Can Be Heroes

The superhero film, written and directed by Robert Rodriguez, has already begun shooting in Texas, USA.

1 day ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Bombay Rose trailer: Beautifully animated love story set in Mumbai

The film by Gitanjali Rao will have its world premiere at the Critics’ Week at the upcoming Venice International Film Festival.

2 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Dream Girl song ‘Dil Ka Telephone’: Jonita Gandhi sings for Ayushmann’s Pooja in this lively, amusing track

Nakash Aziz joins Gandhi on the composition by Meet Bros.

3 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas song ‘Ho Jaa Awara’: Ash King, Monali Thakur deliver a rousing duet

The expressive song, co-written by Siddharth and Garima, has been composed by Tanishk Bagchi.

3 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article English (India)

Tabu, Ishaan Khatter to shoot for Mira Nair's A Suitable Boy in India next month

The Indian film stars join Tanya Maniktala as the lead character Lata on the upcoming BBC series.

7 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

This mission had equal contribution from men and women: Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan shared her views about the changing roles for actresses in the Indian film industry, her latest release Mission Mangal, and the continuing issue of pay parity.

7 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Mission Mangal review: Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan headline this jolly, enjoyable expedition to Mars

This light-hearted, fictionalized take by writer R Balki and first-time filmmaker Jagan Shakti on the Indian Space Reasearch Organization's historic mission to launch a satellite into Mars's orbit wins you over.

8 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Malayalam

Malayalam films Moothon, Jallikattu to premiere at Toronto International Film Festival

The films by Geetu Mohandas and Lijo Jose Pellissery will be screened in the special presentation and contemporary world cinema sections respectively.

9 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Don’t want to repeat myself as an actor, says Ashutosh Rana

Actor Ashutosh Rana speaks about his latest film, Chicken Curry Law (2019), which is in theatres now.

9 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Dream Girl trailer: Ayushmann Khurrana captivates callers as Pooja

The actor essays the role of a small-town guy who acts as women in plays and takes up the job at a call centre of sorts.

10 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Never associated maths with fun: Vidya Balan on Shakuntala Devi biopic

The award-winning actress discusses some of her upcoming projects after Mission Mangal (2019).

12 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Special 14: Artistes who won multiple National awards

As veteran Surekha Sikri receives her third National award for Best Supporting Actress for Amit Ravindernath Sharma’s Badhaai Ho (2018), we look at the others on this exclusive list.

13 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Gujarati Hindi 4 more

66th National awards: Andhadhun, Mahanati, Padmaavat, Uri win multiple awards

The Gujarati film Hellaro was named Best Film, Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal shared the Best Actor honours for Andhadhun (2018) and Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019) respectively, while Keerthy Suresh won Best Actress for her portrayal of the late Savitri in Mahanati (2018).

14 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi Tamil

Did Nerkonda Paarvai out of reverence for Sridevi, says Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan, while promoting her upcoming Independence Day release Mission Mangal (2019), spoke about why she could not refuse producer Boney Kapoor.

15 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

5 underrated gems of lyricist Gulshan Bawra: Death anniversary special

On the tenth anniversary of the death of lyricist Gulshan Bawra (he died on 7 August 2009), we revisit five of his songs that may have slipped your mind.

16 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas teaser: Karan Deol, Sahher Bambba romance in the great outdoors

The upcoming film has been directed by Sunny Deol.

18 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Chhichhore trailer: College friends through thick and thin reunite to help one in need

With a trailer reveal on Friendship Day, the Nitesh Tiwari film takes to the past and the present to tell the tale of gang of friends who first met in college. 

19 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Khandaani Shafakhana review: Tedious storytelling brings down this Sonakshi Sinha-starrer

Muddled writing and an unhurried pace don't help this small-town film set in Hoshiarpur, Punjab.

21 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Manoj Bajpayee, Raj Nidimoru present Amazon's The Family Man to American TV critics

The star and co-director of the upcoming action drama showed off the first look of the series which is being launched in September.

23 days ago — Sonal Pandya