Senior Feature Writer

Before writing features for, 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.
Editorial Team

Articles by Sonal

Article Hindi

Satellite Shankar trailer: Sooraj Pancholi’s hero soldier is waylaid on his way to keep a promise

Directed by Irfan Kamal, the film also stars south actress Megha Akash.

6 hours ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Himachali Hindi

The Gold-Laden Sheep And The Sacred Mountain, Manoj Bajpayee nominated at 13th Asia Pacific Screen Awards

The Gaddi language film is nominated for Best Feature Film, while Bajpayee bags his third nomination for Best Actor for the film, Bhonsle.

1 day ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Saand Ki Aankh to close the 21st Mumbai Film Festival

The biopic, starring Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar, is based on the lives of sharpshooters Chandro Tomar and Prakashi Tomar.

1 day ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Totally dependent on the casting director for the choices in Ghost Stories, says Karan Johar

The filmmaker admitted relying entirely on the casting director’s judgement when it came to filling roles for his short film in the Ghost Stories anthology.

1 day ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

MAMI 2019: Mahesh Bhatt is an absolute delight to work with, says daughter Alia

The actress was in conversation with filmmaker Karan Johar and her Udta Punjab (2016) co-star Kareena Kapoor Khan at a daylong event on 13 October ahead of the 21st Mumbai Film Festival.

1 day ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Marathi

Biggest challenge to make a film in a state and language that we have no idea of: Nithin Anil

The young filmmaker speaks about constructing his first film, working in a language other than his own, and seeking inspiration from National award-winner Rima Das.

1 day ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Chintu Ka Birthday review: A six-year-old's birthday party descends into chaos in war-torn Iraq

Co-directors Satyanshu and Devyanshu present an Indian family stranded in Baghdad trying to make the best of their circumstances in this uneven film set in 2004.

2 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Saand Ki Aankh song ‘Aasma’: This Asha Bhosle ballad offers hope and promise

The song has been composed by Vishal Mishra and written by Raj Shekhar.

3 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Gujarati

Hellaro trailer: Village women who risk it all for a chance at freedom

The National award-winning Gujarati film by Abhishek Shah is due to be released on 8 November.

4 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Motichoor Chaknachoor trailer: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Athiya Shetty are an unlikely couple

The leads get married in a dubious scenario in the upcoming comedy.

5 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

The Sky Is Pink review: Moving portrait of a family’s journey through love and loss

Based on true events, the emotional film revolves around a couple whose marriage weathers the worst.

6 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Aunty Sudha Aunty Radha trailer: Lovely tale of two elderly, widowed sisters living life to the fullest

The documentary, directed by their niece Tanuja Chandra, shows the sisters aged 85 and 90 living a peaceful yet colourful life together.

7 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Bhangra Paa Le title song: Sunny Kaushal, Rukshar Dhillon match beats in this energetic remake

Composer Shubham Shirule updates the popular bhangra song from Karan Arjun (1995).

8 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Gujarati Hindi 3 more

Gully Boy, Jallikattu, Anandi Gopal selected for Panorama section at the 50th International Film Festival of India

Union minister of information and broadcasting Prakash Javadekar also announced that certain films of recent Dadasaheb Phalke award winner Amitabh Bachchan will also be screened in Goa.

10 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Marjaavaan song 'Tum Hi Aana': Jubin Nautiyal sings of the loss of love in this slow melody

Composed by Payal Dev, the song has been penned by Kunaal Vermaa.

14 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Bypass Road trailer: Neil Nitin Mukesh is both suspect and victim in this convoluted thriller

The actor plays Vikram who is disabled after an accident and later preyed upon by an unknown masked person.

15 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article English (India)

Rasika Dugal, Namit Das join cast of Mira Nair's A Suitable Boy

Rasika Dugal will play lead character Lata's sister Savita while Das will play Lata's suitor, Haresh.

16 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Bhangra Paa Le trailer: Sunny Kaushal, Rukshar Dhillon compete for title of best bhangra dancer

The leads compete in a competition that will take them to London, England in this Sneha Taurani film.

17 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Am already living my dream, says Kartik Aaryan at the Jagran Film Festival

The young actor was in conversation with film journalist and critic Rajeev Masand about his recent stardom and his upcoming big projects.

18 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Jhalki review: A sister's love and determination triumph over all odds in this drama

Co-directed by Brahmanand Siingh and Tanvi Jain, the film shows us the emotional and physical toll on two young siblings caught in a child slavery ring.

19 days ago — Sonal Pandya