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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Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Ila Arun join Thugs Of Hindostan in new poster

The latest poster finds Amitabh Bachchan's gang assembled in Pirates Of The Caribbean-style on the ship.

1 day ago — Sonal Pandya

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Queen remakes Paris Paris, Butterfly, That Is Mahalakshmi, Zam Zam reveal first posters

The 2014 Hindi film is being remade into Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam.

1 day ago — Sonal Pandya

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Chhota Bheem: Kung Fu Dhamaka trailer: The gang travels to China for a tournament

The animated series makes its move to 3D in the upcoming film set in China.

1 day ago — Sonal Pandya

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Son Zayed unveils trailer of Sanjay Khan’s autobiography The Best Mistakes of My Life

The nearly two-minute trailer follows Khan’s journey from being an actor to a filmmaker.

3 days ago — Sonal Pandya

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Vipul Amrutlal Shah buys rights to 21 Gujarati novels of writer Harkisan Mehta

The Namaste England (2018) filmmaker plans to produce them into films within the next couple of years.

3 days ago — Sonal Pandya

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New Mirzapur teaser introduces Ali Fazal's Guddu Pandit

The actor plays a gangster in the Amazon Prime original web-series.

3 days ago — Sonal Pandya

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Junglee teaser: Vidyut Jammwal fights for the jungle and his elephant friends

The family adventure film is directed by Hollywood filmmaker Chuck Russell.

3 days ago — Sonal Pandya

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte to star in Honey Trehan’s directorial debut?

The film is said to be a love story situated in India's heartland. Trehan and his cast and crew are set to begin filming in January 2019.

3 days ago — Sonal Pandya

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When Vijay Bhatt took Ram Rajya to America in 1947

On the filmmaker’s 25th death anniversary (he died on 17 October 1993), we look back at his historic American tour where he showed his film, Ram Rajya (1943), starring Prem Adib and Shobhana Samarth.

3 days ago — Sonal Pandya

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Aijaz Khan: Wanted to keep Hamid as authentic as possible

The director of the upcoming film, Hamid, speaks before its world premiere at the 20th Mumbai Film Festival.

3 days ago — Sonal Pandya

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Konkona Sensharma, Bhumi Pednekar break out of their cages in Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare

Shooting has begun for Alankrita Shrivastava's next film, produced by Shobha Kapoor and Ekta Kapoor.

5 days ago — Sonal Pandya

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Ashish Pandey's Nooreh wins Sonje Award at Busan International Film Festival

The filmmaker's short film shared the honour with the Korean short Cat Day Afternoon.

5 days ago — Sonal Pandya

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Saif Ali Khan's difficult transformations with his roles on Hunter, Taanaji

The Baazaar (2018) actor spoke about his roles in the upcoming films, Hunter (2019) and Taanaji - The Unsung Warrior (2019).

5 days ago — Sonal Pandya

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Namaste England song: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's 'Tu Meri Main Tera' highlights an illegal journey for love

Written by Javed Akhtar and composed by Mannan Shaah, the ballad focus on one man’s journey to cross seas and continents to reach London, where his wife is.

5 days ago — Sonal Pandya

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Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Zaira Wasim bond on London schedule of The Sky Is Pink

The artistes were in the British city for the second schedule of the film, directed by Shonali Bose.

5 days ago — Sonal Pandya

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Regal: The first of SoBo's grand Art Deco theatres

85 years ago to the day, the Regal was opened at what was called Wellington Circle by Bombay's governor Sir Frederick Sykes. We look at the making of the great Colaba institution and what it represented all those years ago.

6 days ago — Sonal Pandya

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Tumbbad's Pankaj Kumar wins Best Cinematography award at Sitges festival

The Spanish film festival highlights and honours fantasy and horror films.

7 days ago — Sonal Pandya

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Aamir, Amitabh, Katrina, Fatima line-up in new Thugs Of Hindostan poster

The stars of the upcoming fantasy adventure come together again in the latest poster.

7 days ago — Sonal Pandya

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11 momentous songs by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan — Anniversary special

On the singer-composer's 70th birth anniversary, we revisit some of his most famous hits - from his memorable qawwalis to international collaborations with artists like Peter Gabriel and Bally Sagoo.

7 days ago — Sonal Pandya

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Deepika, Alia talk about the 'elephant in the room' in promo of Karan Johar’s Koffee With Karan

In the season six opener, the filmmaker’s first guests are Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt.

7 days ago — Sonal Pandya