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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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Netflix announces 40 new films, series, comedy specials and docu-series for 2021

The streaming platform has projects lined up with names such as Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar and Dhanush.

3 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Watch Over Me review: Moving, humane look at illness, death and the process of grief

The documentary by Farida Pacha is an important look into medical care for terminally ill patients at home in India.

3 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Dhamaka teaser: Kartik Aaryan is a stressed-out reporter in this Netflix thriller

The drama stars the actor as a TV journalist forced to cover a bomb blast in the city.

4 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Letter From Your Far-off Country review: Compelling, poignant visual collage of history, memory and understanding

The personal examination by filmmaker Suneil Sanzgiri tries to make sense of events, past and present, around him.

6 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

The Girl On The Train review: This faulty memory thriller grows tedious

Parineeti Chopra unconvincingly plays a woman struggling with amnesia and alcoholism who finds herself the prime suspect in this mystery by filmmaker Ribhu Dasgupta.

8 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Pagglait teaser: Sanya Malhotra struggles to mourn loss of on-screen spouse

The Netflix film sees the actress play a young widow who is dealing with emotional issues.

9 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Gangubai Kathiawadi, starring Alia Bhatt, to be released on 30 July; see poster

The teaser poster of the upcoming period film was unveiled on director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 58th birthday.

10 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Bawri Chhori review: A tale of revenge dissolves into one of reflection

Aahana Kumra plays a woman wronged and hell-bent on vengeance in the film directed by Akhilesh Jaiswal.

15 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Chuha Billi review: Two roommates play a curious cat-and-mouse game

The disturbing but intriguing short, directed by Prasad Kadam, revolves around a twisted friendship.

16 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article

Louiz Banks’s perspective on life and success is fascinating, says Ashis Ghatak

The author opened up about his journey putting together the biography of the multifaceted musical legend.

16 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Bombay Begums trailer: Pooja Bhatt, Amruta Subhash, Shahana Goswami strike out on their own in the city

The upcoming Netflix series tells the story of five women, interconnected as they try to establish themselves in a male-dominated society.

19 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Karishma Dev Dube’s short film Bittu makes Oscar shortlist

The short won the silver medal in the Narrative (Domestic Film Schools) category at the 47th Student Academy Awards last year.

24 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article

Netflix’s Bombay Begums to be premiered on International Women’s Day

The six-episode drama series has been co-directed by Alankrita Shrivastava and Bornila Chatterjee.

25 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article English

Filmmaking was always a dream, says Sameeksha Katyal

The actress and filmmaker speaks about her second short film which was conceived and filmed during the lockdown in the US.

26 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Malayalam

Drishyam 2 trailer: Mohanlal returns as Georgekutty

The Jeethu Joseph film reveals the next chapter in the lives of the patriarch, played by Mohanlal, and his family.

28 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article

Documentary Writing With Fire wins two awards at Sundance Film Festival 2021

The film, co-directed by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh, won the Audience Award and the Special Jury Award: Impact for Change honours in the World Cinema Documentary section.

about 1 month ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Looop Lapeta first look: Taapsee Pannu stares down the audience

The upcoming thriller-comedy is the Hindi remake of the German film Run Lola Run (1998).

about 1 month ago — Sonal Pandya

Article

Wanted to tell the complete Guru Dutt story: Yasser Usman

The author of Guru Dutt: An Unfinished Story speaks about the celebrated but tortured life of the renowned filmmaker.

about 1 month ago — Sonal Pandya

Article

The minute I turn on the camera, I literally embody the character: Jamie Lever

The actress is known for her on-point portrayals of celebrities such as Sonam Kapoor and Farah Khan on social media.

about 1 month ago — Sonal Pandya

Review English

The White Tiger review: Adarsh Gourav dominates this saga of a dog-eat-dog world

Ramin Bahrani has adapted the Aravind Adiga novel for the big screen capably, though the largely faithful adaptation falters as it reaches its finale.

about 1 month ago — Sonal Pandya