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Sonal Pandya

Sonal Pandya
Assistant Editor

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sonal.pandya@cinestaan.com

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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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Masaba Masaba trailer: Masaba Gupta navigates fashion, family and love in this fictionalized series

The fashion designer and her mother, actress Neena Gupta, play themselves in this Netflix original series due to be released on 28 August.

35 minutes ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Marathi

Chaitanya Tamhane’s The Disciple part of main slate at New York Film Festival

The American festival, which will be held from 17 September to 11 October, will be a mix of outdoor and virtual screenings.

5 hours ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Sadak 2 posters: Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanjay Dutt unveil their characters

The first look of the main cast was revealed ahead of the film's trailer release scheduled for tomorrow.

4 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Pareeksha review: Well-meaning drama on the right to education

The emotional film by Prakash Jha points out the stark differences in opportunities available to those with privilege and those without.

6 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

My Client’s Wife review: Anjali Patil leads this baffling mystery about an abused woman

Writer-director Prabhakar ‘Meena Bhaskar’ Pant fills the film with misdirection that will have you either surprised or weary by the end.

8 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Bandish Bandits review: Ambitious musical that tries to include too much

The web-series, created by Amritpal Singh Bindra and Anand Tiwari, has a splendid soundtrack but falters in its storytelling when it veers between a romance and a family drama.

8 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Gunjan Saxena song ‘Bharat Ki Beti’: Arijit Singh raises a tribute to the nation's daughters

The powerful anthem, written by Kausar Munir and composed by Amit Trivedi, highlights the role of women in the Indian armed forces.

10 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Khuda Haafiz title track: Vidyut Jammwal is on a mission to find his missing wife

Vishal Dadlani's solo, composed by Mithoon and written by Sayeed Quadri, highlights the character's pain and loss.

10 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Indian

Mukta A2 Cinemas prepares its theatres for the end of lockdown

The nationwide theatre chain has enhanced its existing health and public safety measures.

13 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Lootcase review: Humorous caper that needed to be tighter in its storytelling

The Rajesh Krishnan film, starring Kunal Kemmu as a common man who discovers a bagful of money, is filled with high jinks and silliness, but needed to be a lot more punchier.

13 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Gunjan Saxena trailer: Janhvi Kapoor is pushed to the limit to seize her dream

The biopic on the first woman Indian Air Force officer to enter a combat zone shares her early dreams and her battle to break the glass ceiling.

13 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Kastoori is inspired by Iranian cinema, says filmmaker Vinod Kamble

Vinod Kamble speaks about his filmmaking journey and the struggle he had to go through to fund and make his debut film.

13 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Shakuntala Devi review: Vidya Balan nails the genius mathematician in this distinct, emotional biopic

Anu Menon's feature film details the wondrous, heady life of the extraordinary woman, Shakuntala Devi, and examines her relationship with the love of her life, her daughter Anupama.

14 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

The 14th February And Beyond review: The dark, ugly side of love and affection

The documentary offers a different perspective on the love festival and raises some questions about the manipulation and exploitation of certain sections of society by capitalism.

18 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Shakuntala Devi song ‘Paheli’: Shreya Ghoshal beautifully emotes this track about a mother-daughter relationship

The song, written by Priya Saraiya and composed by Sachin-Jigar, details the difficulties the two face over the years.

18 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review Hindi

Dil Bechara review: Bittersweet romance that will have you reaching for the tissues

Mukesh Chhabra's directorial debut, adapted from John Green's novel The Fault in Our Stars, features a heartrending turn by the late Sushant Singh Rajput and a memorable debut by Sanjana Sanghi as the terminally ill Manny and Kizie, respectively.

20 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

5 years of Masaan: It was a really brave film that reflected India's reality, says actress Richa Chadha

Richa Chadha looks back on the making of Neeraj Ghaywan's directorial debut film, which was released on 24 July 2015, and explains why it is important to be a part of good cinema.

21 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Shakuntala Devi song ‘Rani Hindustani’: Sunidhi Chauhan sets the mood for a rollicking track

The breezy number, composed by Sachin-Jigar, shows Vidya Balan’s genius mathematician undergoing a transformation in England.

22 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Section 375, Bombay Rose, Pareeksha selected for 23rd Shanghai International Film Festival

The longest running film festival in China will have a mixed physical and online event from 25 July to 2 August.

24 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Shakuntala Devi song ‘Pass Nahi Toh Fail Nahi’: Vidya Balan makes maths fun for schoolchildren in this jubilant track

Sunidhi Chauhan perks up this motivational song about life and education composed by Sachin-Jigar.

24 days ago — Sonal Pandya