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

Article Hindi

Believed this film needs to be made, says Shazia Javed on 3 Seconds Divorce

The award-winning documentary on the troubling practice of triple talaq is now streaming on Netflix.

1 day ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Article 15 song ‘Intezari’: Armaan Malik’s voice complements this soft ballad on distance and waiting

Composed by Anurag Saikia, the track has been penned by Shakeel Azmi.

2 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Amitabh Bachchan begins shooting Gulabo Sitabo in Lucknow, new look unveiled

The veteran actor plays a cranky landlord in Shoojit Sircar's quirky comedy. 

3 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Review French

The Extraordinary Story Of The Fakir review: Dhanush charms in underwhelming yet fantastical tale

Suspend all realism if you head into this outlandish yet funny feature set across continents.

3 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Arjun Patiala trailer: Aims to be fully funny, and entertaining 'policewali picture'

The comedy, directed by Rohit Jugraj, brings actor Diljit Dosanjh and actress Kriti Sanon together for the first time.

4 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Khandaani Shafakhana poster: Sonakshi holds centre stage as the men around hide their faces

The slice-of-life film is the directorial debut of Shilpi Dasgupta.

4 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

20 years of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and its Woh 7 Din influence

On the anniversary of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film's release today (18 June), we look back at the similarities with the 1983 film Woh 7 Din, starring Anil Kapoor and Padmini Kolhapure.

6 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Need to make sure we follow the Constitution, basic rights: Ayushmann Khurrana

The Badhaai Ho (2018) actor speaks about his next film, Article 15 (2019), playing a cop for the first time, and putting across a strong message in his films.

6 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article English (India)

Noblemen trailer: Ali Haji takes us through the trauma of bullying

Vandana Kataria's first film as director puts the topic of bullying, especially in boarding schools, bang in focus.

6 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article English (India)

Noblemen poster: Kunal Kapoor, Ali Haji take on the issue of bullying

Vandana Kataria's directorial debut is due to be released on 28 June.

10 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi Tamil 1 more

I don’t have much pressure, says Saaho director Sujeeth

The young filmmaker behind this year’s anticipated action flick reveals some tidbits about Saaho, which is being released on Independence Day.

10 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi Tamil 1 more

Saaho teaser: Prabhas's man of mystery leads the way in this high-octane action film

Saaho, directed by Sujeeth and co-starring Shraddha Kapoor, is set to be released on 15 August 2019.

11 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Slideshow Hindi

Pictures: Priyanka Chopra, Shonali Bose celebrate at wrap-up party for The Sky Is Pink

The cast and crew of the upcoming drama, minus actor Farhan Akhtar, partied at the Olive restaurant in Bandra, Mumbai, after the completion of their film. Photos: Shutterbugs Images

11 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Rohit Shetty's Sooryavanshi bows out of Eid 2020 release, moves up to 27 March 2020

The film's new release date was announced by Salman Khan, whose next film Inshallah (2020) will release on Eid next year.

12 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi Tamil 1 more

Deepika Padukone joins '83 as Kapil Dev's wife, Romi

The actress will star opposite her husband, Ranveer Singh, once again after Padmaavat (2018).

12 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Slideshow Hindi

Pictures: Sonam Kapoor Ahuja celebrates birthday with cousins Arjun and Janhvi, Varun Dhawan, Karisma Kapoor

Anil Kapoor's daughter and actress Sonam K Ahuja turned 34 on Sunday, 9 June, and had a birthday bash at her father's Juhu home. Photos: Shutterbugs Images

14 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

South Mumbai's iconic Roxy cinema gets a relaunch on Eid

The revamped cinema's first film was, naturally, the Salman Khan-starrer Bharat (2019).

16 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Ayushmann Khurrana, Amitabh Bachchan's Gulabo Sitabo to be released on 24 April 2020

The comedy is written by Juhi Chaturvedi and directed by Shoojit Sircar.

17 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

When Sunil Dutt first met Nargis

On actor-filmmaker Sunil Dutt’s 90th birth anniversary today, we look at his first meeting with Nargis, the star who later became his wife.

17 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article American Hindi

David Letterman joins Shah Rukh, AbRam at Mannat to greet fans on Eid

The American talk show host was visiting the Indian superstar to film an upcoming episode of his Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, With David Letterman.

18 days ago — Sonal Pandya