Sonal Pandya

Sonal Pandya
Assistant Editor

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 Pandya

Article Hindi

Been waiting for two years: Rajvir Chauhan on Amazon’s The Forgotten Army

Actor Rajvir Chauhan, who plays an Indian National Army soldier in the web-series, speaks about his experiences on the upcoming show.

10 hours ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Love Aaj Kal song ‘Shayad’: Arijit Singh, Pritam reunite for a dreamy romantic ballad

The romantic track, written by Irshad Kamil, contains the hopeful promise of first love.

23 hours ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Kanu Behl completes shooting of Agra starring Rahul Roy

The film, produced by Yoodlee Films, has been shot in Uttar Pradesh and is due to be released later this year.

1 day ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

10 best songs of Geeta Bali: Anniversary special

On Geeta Bali's 55th death anniversary, we list some of the versatile actress's popular film numbers.

1 day ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Why should I not speak? I am not going to keep silent: Richa Chadha is in the mood for Panga

Actress Richa Chadha, who will be seen next in Panga (2020) with Kangana Ranaut, speaks in a refreshingly honest interview about her upcoming film, speaking out against the government and, of course, dealing with trolls.

4 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Love Aaj Kal trailer: Kartik Aaryan, Sara Ali Khan, Arushi Sharma explore complexities of love and relationships

The Imtiaz Ali love story echoes its predecessor Love Aaj Kal (2009) and tracks two vastly different couples separated by time.

6 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Devi first look: Kajol, Neha Dhupia, Shruti Haasan lead a strong all-female ensemble

The upcoming short film has been by directed by Priyanka Banerjee and is produced by Electric Apples Entertainment for Large Short Films.

7 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Malang title song: Ved Sharma’s moody, mellow composition hits the spot

The title track, written by Kunaal Vermaa and Haarsh Limbachiyaa, makes for pleasant listening experience.

7 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article American Hindi

Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Richard Madden to star in Russo brothers’ Amazon web-series Citadel

While Chopra Jonas and Madden will headline the American edition of the series, director duo Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK will develop an Indian version for Amazon Prime Video.

8 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Chhapaak has really affected me at a personal level: Deepika Padukone

On the eve of her birthday on 5 January, Padukone spoke about her latest film Chhapaak (2020), her debut as a producer, and how she has evolved as an actress.

8 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

20 years of Kaho Na... Pyaar Hai: How Hrithik Roshan became an overnight star

Actor Hrithik Roshan was thrust instantly into stardom but has had to work hard in the two decades since to retain his status.

8 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

The Khans are bound by a common thread of hard work, choices and destiny: Author Sanjukta Nandy

The writer speaks about her first book which tracks the journeys and rise to stardom of Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan.

12 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Chhapaak review: Deepika Padukone is powerfully understated in this moving portrayal of an acid-attack survivor

This inspirational feature by Meghna Gulzar focuses on the struggles faced by acid-attack survivors and how difficult their recovery process is.

13 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Jawaani Jaaneman trailer: Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Alaya F are an instant family in this zany comedy

Saif Ali Khan plays a man whose life is upended by the arrival of a former fling and their daughter.

14 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

I really like Kartik Aaryan’s energy, says Deepika Padukone

The Chhapaak (2020) actress was asked if she and Kartik Aaryan were slated to do a film together soon.

14 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Nepal

Nimtoh review: Confusing narrative of a boy's desire to attend a wedding

Saurav Rai's debut film holds promise, but a lingering vagueness with the story and characters does not allow us to fully connect with the work.

14 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

The Forgotten Army trailer: Kabir Khan's new series highlights the sacrifices of Indian National Army

The web-series catalogues the hardships and losses endured by the men and women who enlisted during the early 1940s.

15 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Jawaani Jaaneman poster: Saif Ali Khan has a Marilyn Monroe moment with Alaya F

The newest poster finally pairs Saif Ali Khan with the newcomer who plays his daughter in the film.

15 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Shikara trailer: Powerful refugee story introduces Aadil Khan, Sadia

Written and directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, the film tells the story of over four lakh Kashmiri Pandits who were exiled from their state in 1990.

16 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

An actor’s job is to add value to what’s on paper: Akshaye Khanna on Sab Kushal Mangal

Actor Akshaye Khanna speaks about his latest release, how he selects his projects, and why the past year has been personally satisfying.

19 days ago — Sonal Pandya