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Sonal Pandya

Sonal Pandya
Assistant Editor

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sonal.pandya@cinestaan.com

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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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Article Hindi

Saroj Khan (1948–2020): Graceful, talented starmaker who had the magic touch

The veteran choreographer elevated song picturizations to another level, making instant stars of the artistes who danced to her beats.

about 1 hour ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Shakuntala Devi, starring Vidya Balan, arrives on Amazon Prime on 31 July

Vidya Balan announced the release date in a simple but complicated mathematics puzzle.

23 hours ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Tamil

Arun Karthick's Nasir wins Grand Prix award at Andrei Tarkovsky International Film Festival

The festival, named after the Russian filmmaker, was held online this year from 25 - 30 June.

2 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Priyanka Chopra Jonas nets first-look deal with Amazon Prime

The actress-producer has signed on to a two-year multimillion-dollar television deal with the streaming giant.

2 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Rasbhari review: Meandering plot that finds a message too late

The Amazon Prime web-series, starring Swara Bhasker as an alluring English teacher, begins on the wrong foot.

5 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Nithya Menen’s character from Breathe - Into The Shadows unveiled: Watch teaser

The actress makes her digital debut, along with Abhishek Bachchan, on the Amazon Prime web-series.

9 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Aarya review: Sushmita Sen delivers strong, layered performance as reluctant head of illegal business

The Indian adaptation of the Dutch series Penoza follows Sen as Aarya Sareen, a perfectly poised wife and mother who has to get her hands dirty to survive after a tragedy.

12 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Bhonsle trailer: Manoj Bajpayee is a retiring cop pushed to the brink

Devashish Makhija’s drama, which streams on Sony LIV from 26 June, features another tour de force performance by its lead actor. 

13 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Kadakh review: Ranvir Shorey leads a fine ensemble in this dark drama

The feature, written and directed by Rajat Kapoor, seems to be inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope (1948) but also goes on to explore frayed relationships between friends and family. 

14 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article American

Freida Pinto joins Constance Wu, Sam Heughan in period romance Mr Malcolm's List

Pinto and actor Sope Dirisu were previously part of director Emma Holly Jones's short film, which is now being expanded into a feature film.

14 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Six memorable roles of the actor Motilal – 55th death anniversary special

Motilal, who died on 17 June 1965, is often remembered as a pioneer of the natural style of acting in Indian cinema.

15 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Chaman Bahaar teaser: Jitendra Kumar headlines this small-town romance

The actor plays a paan shop owner who falls for a young woman with plenty of admirers.

15 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article American

Coronavirus update: Oscars pushed back by 2 months, eligibility period extended to February 2021

Next year’s delayed ceremony will be only the fourth time in their 93-year history that the awards have been postponed.

17 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article American

The Academy ponders delaying 93rd Oscars ceremony, extending window of eligibility

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)'s board of directors also introduced a new set of changes for the future which includes keeping the best picture nominees at 10.

18 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

5 things you may not know about Nanabhai Bhatt: Birth anniversary special

The patriarch of the Bhatt family started out as an assistant and worked his way up to launch his own banner in 1946. Here are some lesser known facts about the pioneering filmmaker.

21 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Gulabo Sitabo review: Amusing, biting tale of greed getting the better of you

Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana play two unlikeable foes who happen to be landlord and tenant in this unusual Shoojit Sircar film.

21 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Axone trailer: A group of friends prepare a dish that's worth the wait

Written and directed by Nicholas Kharkongor, the film describes an atypical day in the life of a close-knit group of friends in Delhi.

23 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article English (India) Hindi

Deepti Gupta's Shut Up Sona to have UK premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest

The documentary, featuring singer Sona Mohapatra, is one of three Indian films to be screened at the festival which is being held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.

23 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Aarya trailer: Sushmita Sen will go to any length to protect her family

The Disney Plus Hotstar web-series, co-directed by Ram Madhvani, features the actress as a wife who gets embroiled in her husband’s illegal medicine business. 

28 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Other

Pushpendra Singh’s Laila Aur Satt Geet wins NETPAC award at Jeonju International Film Festival

The Korean festival had a smaller virtual edition this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

about 1 month ago — Sonal Pandya