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

Very important to archive plays, says Shailja Kejriwal

On World Theatre Day today, the creative curator and producer speaks about Zee Theatre plays that you can watch on your DTH or OTT service.

1 day ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Kannada

Lacchavva was written in a day, says Jai Shankar A

The filmmaker talks about his short film, part of the Katha Sangama anthology, which received a special mention in the Best Short Fiction Film category at the 16th Mumbai International Film Festival.

3 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Panga has spoilt me because it was such an amazing set, says Megha Burman

Actress Megha Burman speaks about landing a part as a young kabbadi player in the Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari film and working with star Kangana Ranaut.

9 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Kannada

Lacchavva review: Heartwarming tale of a lost woman’s adventures in Bangalore

The short film by Jai Shankar A is part of the Kannada anthology Katha Sangama.

9 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Angrezi Medium review: Irrfan Khan strikes the right notes in this emotional saga of a father and daughter

The family drama, directed by Homi Adajania, follows a first-rate Khan as a father striving to make his daughter’s dreams of a foreign education come true.

15 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar song ‘Faraar’: Arjun Kapoor lets loose in this Anu Malik number

The composition shows a lighter side to the usually gruff character.

17 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Jackky Bhagnani, Juno Chopra join hands to produce The Burning Train remake

The original multi-starrer was directed by Ravi Chopra.

17 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi Marathi

5 things you didn't know about Usha Kiran: Anniversary special

Usha Kiran, who acted in over 50 films in Hindi and Marathi, died on 9 March 2000.

19 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi Marathi

The desire to create something new has fuelled what I do: Viacom18 COO Ajit Andhare

In an exclusive interview, Viacom18 Motion Pictures chief operating officer Ajit Andhare discusses the business of making films, his career in television and cinema, and the future of the industry.

21 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Guilty review: Long road to the truth in this 'he said, she said' saga

Kiara Advani steps up to the plate in the murky tale directed by Ruchi Narain that tries to look at both accounts in a rape case.

21 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article English (India) Hindi 1 more

Prashant Nair's Tryst With Destiny to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival

The Indo-French co-production, backed by Drishyam Films, will compete in the international narrative section.

23 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Sooryavanshi trailer: Akshay Kumar ropes in Ajay Devgn, Ranveer Singh in war on terror

The first trailer for the Rohit Shetty spin-off film shows Akshay Kumar as a no-nonsense ATS officer determined to halt a terrorist attack on Mumbai.

26 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Marathi

Well Done Baby poster: Pushkar Jog, Amruta Khanvilkar make a happy couple

Actor-producer Pushkar Jog also revealed that the film is set for release on 12 June.

29 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi Tamil 1 more

Book review: Sridevi – The Eternal Screen Goddess is a deep dive into the late actress’s career

The biography by author Satyarth Nayak traces Sridevi's meteoric rise in Indian cinema.

about 1 month ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Meghna wanted Chhapaak to be a positive story, told from a survivor’s point of view, says Paayal Kapoor Nair

Actress Paayal Kapoor Nair, who played 'Shiraz Aunty' in Chhapaak, speaks about her role in Meghna Gulzar’s film and discusses her journey in acting.

about 1 month ago — Sonal Pandya

Article English (India)

INA veterans in Malaysia were able to rebuild because of a support system, says filmmaker Choodie Shivaram

Journalist and filmmaker Choodie Shivaram speaks about the long journey of documenting the accounts of the Malaysian veterans of the Indian National Army into her film, At The Altar Of India’s Freedom.

about 1 month ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan review: Ayushmann, Jeetu lead the charge in a much-needed coming-out story

Hitesh Kewalya's directorial debut aims to change the gaze of love stories in Hindi cinema, with frequent throwbacks to a 1990s classic with Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), and succeeds to a large extent.

about 1 month ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Baaghi 3 song ‘Bhankas’: Tiger Shroff, Shraddha Kapoor show off their dance moves in this Tanishk Bagchi recreation

Bagchi updates another Bappi Lahiri number from the Jeetendra-starrer, Tohfa (1984).

about 1 month ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Rajkummar Rao, Kriti Sanon reunite for family comedy produced by Dinesh Vijan

Directed by Abhishek Jain, the film will also star Dimple Kapadia and Paresh Rawal.

about 1 month ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Kaamyaab trailer: Sanjay Mishra is in search of his 500th role

The actor stars as Sudheer, a man looking to cement his legacy as an artiste.

about 1 month ago — Sonal Pandya