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

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AR Rahman, Anil Kapoor, Gulzar celebrate 10 years of Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire

The Indian artistes, from Oscar-winner AR Rahman to star Anil Kapoor, who worked on the Hollywood project got together to celebrate the film's anniversary and success with children from the Dharavi Music Project. Photographs: Shutterbugs Images

12 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article American

Anupam Kher’s New Amsterdam picked up for second season

The medical drama, which features Kher as series regular, Dr Vijay Kapoor, airs Tuesdays on NBC.

12 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article British

The Wedding Guest trailer: Dev Patel rescues Radhika Apte

The first trailer of the Michael Winterbottom film shows the actor as a mysterious man who solves Apte’s problems by abducting her from her own wedding.

15 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Bengali English (India)

Rishi Chandna's Tungrus, Ronny Sen’s Cat Sticks win at Slamdance Film Festival

The indie film festival, which began in 1995, held its 25th edition in Park City, Utah from 25 to 31 January.

16 days ago — Sonal Pandya

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National Film Archive to celebrate 55th foundation day by screening PC Barua's Devdas for the public

The venerable film archive in Pune was founded on 1 February 1964. Director Prakash Magdum speaks about the institution's history and the plans for the future.

16 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article American

Priyanka Chopra's Isn't It Romantic to stream on Netflix on 28 February

The rom-com, starring Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth, will release in theaters on Valentine's Day, ahead of its digital debut.

17 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Hollywood Reporter names Sanya Malhotra as 'talent to watch' at Berlin International Film Festival

The actress's feature film Photograph, directed by Ritesh Batra, will be screened at the German festival on 13 Feburary.

17 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article American

Priyanka Chopra reveals Ma Anand Sheela project on The Ellen Show

The actress spoke to host Ellen DeGeneres about the Hollywood project she’s developing with Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Levinson.

18 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Kunal Kemmu is a man without rules in Abhay trailer

The actor makes his digital debut as lead character, SP Abhay Pratap Singh, in the ZEE5 original series. 

19 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Anthology web-series Delhi Crime goes to Netflix

The first season, written and directed by Richie Mehta, makes its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on 29 January.

19 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Swara Bhasker launches production house Kahaaniwaaley with brother Ishan

The new banner aims to produce striking stories for the big screen.

23 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Bharat teaser: Salman Khan, India grow up together

The sweeping period film, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, tracks the journey of Khan's character Bharat and the nation from 1947.

23 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Romeo Akbar Walter poster: John Abraham is a man with many faces

The first poster of period film, directed by Robbie Grewal, divulges one of his many looks.

25 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Kartik, Kriti share a secret in first poster of Luka Chuppi

The couple seems headed for the mandap in the film directed by Laxman Utekar.

25 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Kanu Behl's Binnu Ka Sapna to compete at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival

The Titli (2014) director's next, starring newcomer Chetan Sharma, will premiere at the upcoming French festival.

26 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Photograph poster: Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra forge a connection

Directed by Ritesh Batra, the film is due to be released in India on 8 March 2019.

26 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Total Dhamaal trailer: Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit lead this silly adventure hunt

The CGI-heavy comedy, directed by Indra Kumar, is a complete throwback to the 1990s.

27 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article American

Nimrat Kaur returns to Homeland for final season, will reprise role as intelligence officer

The actress had a recurring role as Pakistani intelligence officer Tasneem Qureshi in fourth season of the American television series.

27 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article American

90 years of In Old Arizona, the first Hollywood talkie to be filmed outdoors

The old black-and-white film, directed first by Raoul Walsh and later by Irving Cummings, was nominated for four Academy Awards. Star Warner Baxter won the second ever Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of The Cisco Kid.

28 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Bengali

Subhrajit Mitra’s Avijatrik brings back the world of Satyajit Ray and The Apu Trilogy

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar will be presenting the film based on the concluding part of the 1932 novel Aparajito by Bengali writer Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay.

29 days ago — Sonal Pandya