Vikas Khaladkar was in the fourth grade when he saw a charismatic eighth grade student named Farrokh Bulsara, better known around the campus as Freddie.
They are school friends at St. Boys Boys School in Western India.
More than 50 years later, Khaladkar – a supreme court at St. John – sitting in the cinema and watching Bohemian Rhapsody, cinematic portrayals of his old friend, lead singer Queen Freddie Mercury.
"I think it's very good," Khaladkar said. "I think of the actor [Rami Malek], He immediately entered into it. I think that is a pretty decent picture of Freddie Mercury. "
Determine true characteristics
While the film takes liberty with several parts of Mercury's life story, there is one aspect that makes Khaladkar think back to the boy he knows from school.
"You can't lose teeth, right?" he laughed. "He has dentures that make him truly unique. And he never does anything to them. When he grows up, I think he grows a little into them. But they are bigger when he is smaller. But that is distinguishing characteristics.
You kind of see it and comment to yourself how many paths we all travel.– Vikas Khaladkar
Khaladkar remembers the Queen's singer for her musicality and willingness to share. He lived on the second floor of the dormitory, facing the street. Khaladkar said Mercury would sing the girls as they passed.
"He will sing for them from up there and they like him," he said. "Freddie often does that."
The film is very focused on Mercury's relationship with his wife, Mary, through his revival to stardom and eventually comes out as gay in person.
Different path from St. Peter 's
It also touched on his ancestral heritage – he was born in Zanzibar, who later joined the area of origin of Khaladkar in Tanganyika, now known as Tanzania. They are two sons from the same region, thousands of kilometers from home.
Most of his memories of Mercury come from those who share the same music teacher for a year.
"He used to get a new turn for lessons every day and if you made a mistake when you were playing the piano, he hit you with knuckles," he said. "Maybe Freddie has more facilities than me."
Mercury played in a band during his time at school, along with Victory Rana, a Tibetan king who would later become the commander in charge of UN peacekeeping efforts in Cyprus in 1999.
While watching Bohemian RhapsodyKhaladkar was surprised by the different routes taken by their lives after they left St. Peter 's.
"You kind of saw it and commented to yourself how many paths we all took and lowered, whether it was responsible for troops in Cyprus or ended up here in Newfoundland. It's amazing that we got where we should be."
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