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Let Varunn Pandya take you inside the mind of a killer in his new hit thriller
One of the toughest aspects of being a writer lies in the challenge of developing fresh, unique content that has never been written before. It's not the fear of writing itself that often hinders a writer, but the fear of not writing something great.

For a writer, it is difficult to step outside of the stories you've written before and develop something entirely new. For talented screenwriter, Varunn Pandya, on the other hand, the true artistry comes when uncovering unique elements of a story or a concept that differentiates them from their previous iterations. He has developed himself a reputation for his expertise in scripting the unpredictable. He takes his audiences on journeys they've never travelled and just when they think they're about to turn left, he steers them right.

Throughout his career, the talented writer has steered his readers and audience members in the right direction for a number of award-winning stories such as XYZ and The House. Though he is not afraid to experiment with different genres and avenues within the film industry, Pandya developed himself a particular affinity for thrillers very early on in his career. He finds himself enamored by the opportunity that a thriller provides a writer to test the minds of his audience members and to allow themselves to host great psychological debates in their minds both during and after their viewing experience. He has done so with such great success that he is very noticeably paving himself a path toward the top of his field and he has enjoyed every last minute of it.

"I was always drawn to thrillers such as The Dark Knight or Nightcrawler and I always wanted to create a world like those. More so, I always wanted to write a story where the stakes were high and the criminal world came into play," told Pandya.

For his script for his first ever thriller, Predicament, Pandya did exactly that and did so with such success that the film earned itself an Official Selection at a number of film festivals such as the Five Continents International Film Festival in August and the Rome Independent Prisma Awards in September of this year. 

"The excitement of writing about a criminal caught in a high pressure scenario was one of the many reasons that I wanted to write this screenplay. I came up with the story of this script one day while I was speaking with a friend and when I pitched my rough idea to him, he was ecstatic. That was the moment I knew I had to write this," Pandya said.

Predicament follows Rick, a hitman who is shocked to learn that his next assignment involves killing a young girl. While Rick's partner, Murphy, remains adamant on killing her, Rick has to come to terms with his dark past and decide how far he is willing to go to complete a job. Given the fact that this was Pandya's first experience writing a thriller, he found himself soaking up every moment of the experience and enjoyed the way it consumed him from the moment he began conceptualizing the project to the moment he completed it. 

Ultimately, being Predicament's sole writer meant that the success of the script rode on his shoulders. He was determined to ensure that he didn't let the opportunity slip out of his grasp and he spent many sleepless nights mulling over his ideas in his head and determining how best to frame them together to create something worth talking about. After a heavy amount of cropping and editing, he came up with something he can truly say he is proud of and it inspired him to expand his horizons in this genre and more.

"I struggled with the script because I was determined to get it right. I would not sleep well for an entire week. Not because I was having difficulty with the script, but because I was up writing pages and pages of content every night. Finally, I sat down and looked at everything I had and made a plan to ensure that I only focused on what was important for the characters and their development. The entire process ended up being really fun and I'd love to do it again in the future," noted Pandya. 

Looking backon Predicament now, Pandya feels a great sense of accomplishment knowing that his audiences really enjoyed the script and found themselves relating to a character who, on paper, wouldn't be anything like them. Being able to challenge an audience to put themselves in the shoes of a killer is no small feat, but Pandya managed to do so with ease. Knowing that the script is doing well in its film festival run keeps Pandya feeling optimistic about the film's future and about his own future as a whole. He takes these emotions and channels them into motivation to write more thrillers, and to explore new genres without fear of the unknown in the same way he did with Predicament.

"The fact that the script is doing so well at film festivals is amazing and motivates me to write more thrillers… something that I will definitely do," he concluded.

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