Vikas Khaladkar was in fourth grade when he looked up at the charismatic eighth grader Farroh Bulsar, known around the campus as Freddie.
They were classmates at St Peter's Boys School in Western India.
More than 50 years later, Khaladkar – a court of the Supreme Court in St. John was sitting in the cinema watching Bohemian Rhapsody, a film performance of her old friend, Queen Freddie Mercury's singer.
"I thought it was very good," Khaladkar said. "I think the actor [Rami Malek]He got right into it. I thought it was a good image of Freddie Mercury. "
The definition of the properties was in place
While the film made freedom with several parts of Mercury's life story, there was one aspect that caused Khaladkar to think back to the boy he knew from school.
"You can not miss your teeth, do you?" he laughed. "He had these jagged teeth that made him really unique and he never did anything to them." When he grew up, I suppose he grew up a bit, but he was bigger when he was smaller, but it was definitely a characteristic feature. "
Look at something and see how many ways we've done.– Vikas Khaladkar
Khaladkar remembers the queen's singer for his musicality and willingness to share it. He lived on the second floor of the dormitory with a street view. Khaladkar said that Mercury would get the girls to go around.
"He sang them from there and they loved him," he said. "Freddie did a lot."
The film intensively focuses on Mercury's relationship with his partner, Mary, through his rise to the star and ultimately the private.
Different paths from St. Petra
He also touches on his legacy – he was born in Zanzibar, which later merged with Khaladkar's Tanganyika home region, now known as Tanzania. They were two boys from the same region, thousands of miles from home.
Most of his memories of Mercury come from sharing the same music teacher throughout the year.
"She got a new daytime, and if you made mistakes when you made your piano, it hit you on your knuckles," he said. "Perhaps Freddie had more equipment than I am."
Mercury played in the band during his time at school along with Victory Ranou, the Tibetan King who later became the UN peacekeeping commander in Cyprus in 1999.
While watching Bohemian Rhapsody, Khaladkar was struck by the various ways that he took his life after leaving St. Peter.
"You will look at it and realize how many ways we have all taken and descended, be it in Cyprus, or end up here in Newfoundland. It's amazing that we got where we got."
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