Vikas Khaladkar was in the fourth grade when he looked up to an eighth charismatic graduate of the name Farrokh Bulsara, well-known around the campus like Freddie.
They were school peers at St Peter's Boys School in East India.
More than 50 years later, Khaladkar – the justice of the Supreme Court in San Ioan – sat in a movie theater and watched Romantic Rhapsody, the cinematic portrait of his old friend, the chief singer of Queen Freddie Mercury.
"I thought it was very good," said Khaladkar. "I believe that the actor [Rami Malek], He was entitled to. I thought it was a pretty decent portrait of Freddie Mercury. "
Defining features were right on
Although the movie took liberty with many parts of Mercury's life history, there was one aspect that Khaladkar thought back to the boy who knew the school.
"Can not you lose his teeth, right?" he was laughing "He had these bucket teeth that made it very unique and he did not do anything for them. As he grew, he probably grew up a bit. But they were more when he was less. But it was a different feature certainly. "
You look at it and pay attention to how many paths we've all taken.– Vikas Khaladkar
Khaladkar recalls the Queen's singer for her musical and willingness to share. He was living on the second floor of the bedroom, overlooking the street. Khaladkar said Mercury would be serenade women as they passed.
"He would sing them up there and they loved him," he said. "Freddie used to do that."
The movie focuses heavily on Mercury's relationship with his wife, Mary, through her progress to the stardom and eventually coming out as a gay in private.
Different routes from St Peter's
He also touches his heritage – he was born in Zanzibar, who later combined with the Khaladkar home region of Tanganyika, now known as Tanzania. They are two boys from the same region, thousands of kilometers from home.
Most memories of Mercury come from them sharing the same music teacher for one year.
"She used to switch a switch for everyday lessons and if you made mistakes when you made your piano, she hit you on the nut with a stick," he said. "Freddie may have more facility than I did."
Mercury played a band during his time at school, alongside Victory Rana, a Tibetan kingdom who would then become the head of responsibility for the UN peacekeeping efforts in Cyprus in 1999.
When watching Romantic Rhapsody, Khaladkar was hit by the different paths that took their lives after they left St Peter.
"You are looking at it and paying you attention to how many paths we've all taken and come down, whether it's responsible for the forces in Cyprus or which are. ; It ends here in Newfoundland. It is incredible we get to where we got. "
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