Sonal

Sonal
Senior Feature Writer

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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Articles by Sonal

Article Hindi

Jai Mummy Di trailer: Sunny Singh, Sonnalli Seygall aim to turn their mothers' enmity back into friendship

Veteran actresses Supriya Pathak and Poonam Dhillon play the warring mothers in this Navjot Gulati film.

7 hours ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Tamil

Karthik Kumar turns director with film featuring Bhagyaraj, Ambika, Manobala, Chinni Jayanth, Pandiarajan

The film marks Yoodlee Films' second Tamil project after Madhumita Sundararaman's KD (2019).

10 hours ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Tanhaji song 'Maay Bhavani': Heady Ajay-Atul composition pays tribute to the goddess Parvati

The devotional duet has been sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Shreya Ghoshal.

11 hours ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Street Dancer 3 poster: Varun Dhawan bares his abs

The first trailer for the Remo D’Souza film will be unveiled on 18 December.

13 hours ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Chhapaak posters: Deepika Padukone's Malti breaks free

The actress and co-producer plays an acid attack survivor in the upcoming film.

2 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Chhapaak trailer: Deepika Padukone is powerful as acid attack survivor Malti

Based on true events, the film examines how a young woman deals with a painful attack and decides to help others like her.

2 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Dabangg 3 song ‘Naina Lade’: Sajid-Wajid’s romantic track serves an introduction to Saiee Manjrekar

The latest love song focused on Salman Khan and newcomer Saiee Manjrekar has been sung by Javed Ali.

6 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Pati Patni Aur Woh review: Entertaining but light update of 1978 marital comedy

The romantic comedy, written and directed by Mudassar Aziz, is a showcase for male lead Kartik Aaryan.

6 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Commando 3 review: Vidyut Jammwal returns as the unstoppable man on a mission in this relentless drama

There is only so much of fast cuts, bone-crunching sounds and an amped-up background score that one can take in two hours and 13 minutes.

13 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Aise Hee review: A widow breaks out of the monotony of her old life

Filmmaker Kislay’s debut feature turns the spotlight on an elderly woman trying to figure out what to do with her life after her husband's death. 

16 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article English Hindi

Hotel Mumbai song ‘Bharat Salaam’: Moving tribute by Mithoon to the martyrs of the 26/11 attacks

The ballad sung by B Praak and Sunidhi Chauhan with appropriate solemnity and passion.

17 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Panipat song 'Mann Mein Shiva': Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon lead the chant for Peshwa victory

The Ajay-Atul composition is yet another rousing anthem, written by Javed Akhtar, for the Ashutosh Gowariker period saga.

17 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Ajanm review: Khushboo Upadhyay shines in this bleak, tragic tale

The actress’s restrained but fierce performance as Survi, an expectant coal-mine worker, stays with you.

18 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review English (India)

Remember Amnesia review: Memory loss, a dead wife haunt an NRI doctor in India

Ravi Godse’s feature film is a confusing tale of an American man of Indian origin who returns to the motherland to find himself.

19 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Dabangg 3 song ‘Yu Karke’: Salman Khan in full form as the hyper-romantic Chulbul Pandey

The song, composed by the duo Sajid-Wajid, matches the personality of the Dabangg character to a T.

20 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Himachali Hindi

Manoj Bajpayee wins Best Actor for Bhonsle, Ridham Janve wins Young Cinema award at 13th Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Bajpayee and filmmaker Janve represented India at the awards ceremony held in Brisbane, Australia.

21 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Gujarati

Had clarity on what I wanted for Hellaro: Filmmaker Abhishek Shah

First-time filmmaker Abhishek Shah speaks about making his debut film over three years, winning the National award, and finding a cinematic story for the big screen.

21 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

The Body trailer: Emraan Hashmi, Rishi Kapoor search for a missing corpse

The thriller is a remake of the Spanish film El Cuerpo (2012).

27 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Motichoor Chaknachoor review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Athiya Shetty are a mismatched couple in this sweet rom com

Siddiqui and Shetty play characters desperate for marriage as events turn hilarious and later serious in Debamitra Biswal’s directorial debut.

27 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior posters: Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan are poised for battle

The first look posters introduce us to the characters played by Devgn and Khan.

29 days ago — Sonal Pandya