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Rajendra Thakurathi: Writing films with a universal perspective
Thakurathi crafts tales from all walks of life that are relatable no matter where you are from. Working with some of the most celebrated filmmakers from Hollywood, he has become a notable writer in the film industry.

A good writer uses his imagination to come up with extraordinary tales to fascinate audience. A great writer uses his ability to understand and empathize with the experiences of others and couples that with his imagination to create tales that touch, inspire, and stay with the audience for great lengths of time. The greatest of these are able to mold their talent to the evolving mediums in which these stories are told.

Nepali writer Rajendra Thakurathi has worked with some of the most acclaimed professionals from around the world. While most of his work has been in the medium of film, he has also written for online productions as a means of experimenting in the exponentially increasing arena of online entertainment and information. Award-winning films to hundreds of thousands of views, his work holds a fascination for a vast audience. Rajendra's perspective as a man, an international citizen, and an artist has given him a defined yet universally relatable style.

Rajendra penned the 2014 award-winning film The Dishwasher which tackles the topic of immigration. Working with Hollywood notables such as Primetime Emmy winner (Chicago Hope, West Wing, Heroes) Jeremy Kagan and Mahed Rakib (of Fox TV's award-nominated series Graceland) as the main character Ravi, he created a story which puts a literal face on the masses of people who deal with trying to be a positive part of society while being constricted by confusing legality and always looking over one's shoulder. With awards and recognitions from the Trojan Film Festival, the Toronto Nepali Film Festival, and the MoFilm LA Movie Jam, The Dishwasher confirmed the global understanding of this experience and this writer's talent for making it relatable to people of many different cultures.

The idea for the film Being Kicked came from a very personal place for Rajendra. Inspired by the story of his own aunt and uncle, the film explores what a loving couple experiences when a baby is about to enter their lives and they begin to make the tough decisions about what they will give up in their own dreams to provide for that of the new life that will be dependent on them. Bruce and Cynthia are in love in the film but as they both come to terms with the fact that the financial needs for the family will necessitate them being apart for some time. As Bruce prepares to travel far away for work, they experience strife. This very relatable film once again carries Thakurathi's DNA of being able to permeate any racial, cultural, or geographical delineation. He worked with Academy Award-nominee Michael Uno on this film that went on to receive tremendous response at events around the world like the Tripoli Film Festival in Lebanon, the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa, and Long Take Florence Film Festival in Italy.

Proving that he is willing to challenge himself with different mediums and audiences, Thakurathi wrote two videos for Buzzfeed (winner of the National Magazine Award and the George Polk Award, and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Michael Kelly Award).

"People Give Up Social Media For a Week" and "Moments We All Need an Undo Button For" received an approximated 870,000 views and 800,000 views respectively. Channeling his own personal struggles with actual and virtual social interaction, Rajendra transparently related the awkwardness and frailties that we all deal with in these videos which went viral.

Always seeking an interesting way to present a social topic worthy of contemplation, Ranjedra is currently at work on creating a film whose premise sounds as unobvious as it does intriguing.

He says, "I'm writing a feature film about salesmen who used to work together in the 70s and 80s. They used to be a part of Scientology and they wanted to be writers and actors in Hollywood but they struggled to achieve those dreams and ultimately passed away without fully realizing their dreams. During this entire research process, I watched and read a lot about salesmen, scientology, death, dreams etc. Filmmaking and writing is ultimately about expressing some feeling that I have, but I definitely learn and grow from it. When others grow with me, I feel like my mission with that film is done."

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