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.
Editorial Team

Articles by Sonal

Article English (India)

The Lift Boy trailer: A young man finds direction

The independent film is due to be released in theatres on 18 January 2019.

8 hours ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Simmba song: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Asees Kaur elevate romantic number ‘Tere Bin’

The song, originally made famous by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, has been recreated by Tanishk Bagchi.

13 hours ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Abhishek Bachchan joins Amit Sadh for Amazon Prime Video’s Breathe S2

The show recently picked up two awards for Best Popular Web-Series and Best Popular Male Actor at the 18th Indian Television Academy (ITA) Awards.

16 hours ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy to have its world premiere at the Berlin film festival

The film, starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, is due to be released in India on Valentine’s Day next year.

1 day ago — Sonal Pandya

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First look: Ankita Lokhande as Jhalkari Bai in Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi

The actress makes her film debut with the historical drama, starring Kangana Ranaut.

1 day ago — Sonal Pandya

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Andhadhun tops IMDb’s Top 10 Indian Movies of 2018 list

The online list is determined by users who rank the films on a 10-point scale.

1 day ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Arjun Rampal to play a pilot in new ZEE5 web-series The Final Call

The series, filmed in Kashmir, is based on Priya Kumar's 2015 inspirational book, I Will Go With You: The Flight Of A Lifetime.  

2 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article German

Shekhar Kapur announces film on Empress Elisabeth of Austria at Macao film festival

The filmmaker made the announcement at the International Film Festival & Awards Macao, where his film Bandit Queen (1994) will be screened.

2 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Cheat India poster: Emraan Hashmi is the guru of cheating

The trailer of the film is due to be revealed online on 12 December.

3 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article English

Hotel Mumbai teaser: Dev Patel, Anupam Kher, Armie Hammer are under siege

The first teaser of the Netflix film, directed by Anthony Maras, recreates the devastating events of the terrorist attack on Mumbai on 26 November 2008.

3 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Swara Bhasker to star as a police officer in Eros Now web-series Flesh

The series, directed by Danish Aslam, is currently being filmed and is due to be aired early next year. 

4 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Ja Riya Hoon heads to Sundance Film Festival 2019

The film, directed by Anamika Haskar, is one of six films selected for the experimental section called The New Frontier.

4 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Sacred Games, Salman Khan win big at first ever Asian Academy Creative Awards

The inaugural edition was held in Singapore on 7 and 8 December.

4 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Praveen Morchhale on Widow Of Silence: I don’t talk about what is wrong, I just show it as it is

Morchhale’s third film had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival in October. The National award-winning director speaks about Widow Of Silence, set in Kashmir.

5 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Watch: The behind-the-scenes secrets of how 'Mere Naam Tu' was shot

Actress Anushka Sharma confessed the pink night-suit was her most comfortable costume ever, while Shah Rukh Khan learnt the lyrics from his daughter Suhana.  

6 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar to star in Amar Kaushik's Bala

The pair will reunite for producer Dinesh Vijan's rom-com.

6 days ago — Sonal Pandya

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Pahuna review: Sweet but harmless film about three child refugees in Sikkim

Paakhi A Tyrewala’s directorial debut is a simple, charming tale of two Nepalese siblings trying to survive in India while being separated from their parents.

7 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article American Hindi

Priyanka Chopra in Forbes Top 100 Most Powerful Women list for second year in a row

The actress-producer is one of four Indian women on the global list.

7 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Fraud Saiyaan poster: Arshad Warsi plays the marriage con game

The comedy, directed by Sourabh Shrivastava, is due to be released on 18 January.

7 days ago — Sonal Pandya

Article Hindi

Dhruv Bhatt's Gujarati novel Timirpanthi to be adapted for big screen

The film is written by Jay Bhatt and will be directed by Dakxin Bajrange.

8 days ago — Sonal Pandya