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

70 years of Raj Kapoor’s Barsaat: How the intense love story established RK Films

As the passionate romance turns 70 today (22 April), we revisit the landmark reasons why it’s still significant today.  

1 day ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

5 things you didn’t know about Aamir Khan’s Raakh

On the 30th anniversary of the release of Raakh (1989), we take a look at what the cast and crew said about the film in Amborish Roychoudhury’s book, In a Cult of Their Own: Bollywood Beyond Box Office.

2 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Salman, Katrina head for the seas in 1980s Bharat poster

Khan is a marine, while Kaif dons an Indian garb for the newest look poster.

5 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi Malayalam

Emraan Hashmi's next is a remake of Malayalam supernatural thriller Ezra

The director of the 2017 Malayalam original Jay Krishnan will return to helm the Hindi remake.

6 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Kalank review: Disappointing saga set in pre-Partition times

Even an all-star cast (Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit) can’t save this overwrought period romance written and directed by Abhishek Varman.

6 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi Urdu

IFFLA 2019: Widow Of Silence wins best film, The Field wins best short film

Megha Ramaswamy’s film, The Odds, closed the 17th edition of the festival.

7 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Rohit Shetty's Golmaal franchise turns into animated series, heads to Nickelodeon

The show, called Golmaal Jr, will revolve around the characters of Gopal, Laxman and Laxman, Madhav, and Lucky.

7 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Saand Ki Aankh first look: Taapsee Pannu, Bhumi Pednekar are ageing sharpshooters

The actresses play sexagenarians who take up the sport and become champions in the Tushar Hiranandani film.

7 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

10 original Indian films to debut on Netflix till 2020

This includes the filmmakers Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap reuniting for their third anthology film, titled Ghost Stories.

8 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Photograph, Sir, The Last Color to be screened at New York Indian Film Festival in May 2019

Rohena Gera's Sir will open the festival, while Vikas Khanna's The Last Color will close it.

10 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article American

Mindy Kaling, Priyanka Chopra to star, produce Hollywood wedding comedy

The film, co-written by Kaling and Dan Goor, will take place in both India and the US.

10 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Wanted to show a side of love which was not politically correct, but more real: Vikas Chandra on Maya

The filmmaker spoke with us about how he was inspired to write his short film Maya, his long struggle to show it to audiences, and working with actress Kirti Kulhari.

10 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Student Of The Year 2 trailer: Tiger Shroff is determined to be the best

The film introduces Tara Sutaria and Ananya Panday.

11 days ago — Sonal Pandya

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AR Rahman's 99 Songs to release on 21 June

The long-in-the-making passion project of the composer will release in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

11 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Music Teacher song: 'Sambhaal Rakhiyaan' is a restrained yet emotional ballad

The solo number is sung by Neeti Mohan and composed by Rochak Kohli.

12 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Student Of The Year 2 posters: Tiger, Tara, Ananya gear up for a new session of college

The second film in the college series introduces two new faces to the industry.

12 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Yoodlee Films' Chappad Phaad Ke wraps shoot in Pune

The satirical comedy, starring Vinay Pathak and Ayesha Raza, is directed by Sameer Joshi.

14 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

I’m everyone’s reflection: Jackie Shroff

The actor spoke about the various projects lined up for him this year, son Tiger Shroff and why he accepted the role of agency head in Romeo Akbar Walter (2019).

14 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

40 years of an Italian romance with ‘Do Lafzon Ki Hai Dil Ki Kahaani’

The Great Gambler (1979), directed by Shakti Samanta, was released on this day (6 April) 40 years ago. We revisit the famous gondala song composed by RD Burman.

17 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Chippa, starring Sunny Pawar, to have its North American premiere at the IFFLA 2019

The film, also starring Chandan Roy Sanyal, is the directorial debut of Safdar Rahman.

18 days ago — Sonal Pandya