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Hrid Majharey (হৃদ্‌ মাঝারে) (English: Live in my Heart) is a critically acclaimed 2014 India-Bengali cult love tragedy film written and directed by debutant Bengali filmmaker Ranjan Ghosh. Inspired by Othello and incorporating elements from Macbeth and Julius Caesar, this is the first film in the Bengali language based on the works of William Shakespeare and is internationally considered as one of the top five World Adaptations of Othello. It was first presented as a tribute on his 450th Birth Anniversary in 2014. Critics consider it among the top ten adaptations of Shakespeare in Indian cinema, since 1949.

The movie achieved cult status by having the unique honour of surviving a crucial two-year journey, from its launch in July 2014 celebrating Shakespeare's 450th birth-anniversary, to being showcased at a British Conference on the Bard held in London in April 2016 to mark 400 years of his death.

The prestigious Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations Board enlisted Hrid Majharey in 'Additional Resources - World/International Adaptations of Othello' for their 'A Level Drama and Theatre' course with the theme 'Heroes and Villains - Othello'. Earlier in 2015, the movie was screened at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and was included in their PhD in Cinema Studies ('Shakespeare and Indian Cinema').

Still earlier in its year of release in 2014, it had earned a rare recommendation from Film London in its list of world cinema based on Shakespearean plays. In another major achievement, the film and its screenplay were included in the UGC Literature Archive through the 'Shakespeare in Bengal' project conducted by Jadavpur University.

It also created history by becoming the first Bengali film to be shot in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands after a gap of almost 33 years. It was shot in 2013 in the Archipelagos. The last time was in 1979 when veteran filmmaker Tapan Sinha partly shot his Children's adventure film Sabuj Dwiper Raja in Port Blair.

Matinee idols Abir Chatterjee and Raima Sen debuted together in a romantic pairing for the very first time in this modern revisting of Shakespeare.

Math professor Abhijit and trainee Cardiologist Debjani's love story begins one rainy evening on a lonely Calcutta street. And it ends on yet another rainy evening in Port Blair, in the Andaman Islands. In between, lies a roller coaster journey dotted by love and jealousy, faith and delusion, destiny and free will.

The central theme is 'Character is Destiny'. What happens to us in our lives is determined by who we are. It talks about 'Self-fulfilling Prophecy' wherein a prophecy is made to a person and he, in the process of doing everything to prevent it from happening, actually goes about fulfilling it. The film is also about the unattainability of our most cherished dreams. All that we dream of in our lives, most often remain out of our reach. (Source: Wikipedia)

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