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Freddie Mercury's childhood friend – Judge St. John – praises the image in a new Hollywood biopic

Vikas Haladkar was in fourth grade when he looked at a charismatic eighth grade named Farrokh Bulsara, better known on campus as Freddie.

They were classmates at the St. Peter boys school in western India.

More than 50 years later, Haladkar, a Supreme Court judge in St. John’s, sat in a cinema and watched Bohemian Rhapsody, cinematic depiction of his old friend, queen vocalist Freddie Mercury.

Vikas Haladkar, a judge of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, attended a boarding school with Mercury.

“I thought it was very good,” said Haladkar. "I think the actor [Rami Malek]He immediately understood. I thought it was a pretty decent image of Freddie Mercury.

Defining characteristics were

While the film took liberties with several parts of the life story of Mercury, there was one aspect that made Haladkar recall the boy he knew from school.

"You couldn't miss your teeth, right?" He laughed. “He had these back teeth that made him really unique, and he never did anything with them. As he grew up, I believe that he grew up a little bit in them, but they were bigger when he was smaller, but it was certainly a distinguishing characteristic. "

You look at it and notice to yourself how many paths we all took.– Vikas Haladkar

Haladkar recalls the Queen’s singer for her musicality and willingness to share her. He lived on the second floor of the hostel, overlooking the street. Haladkar said that Mercury will serenade when they pass by.

“He will sing to them from there, and they like it,” he said. "Freddie did this a lot."

The film largely focuses on Mercury's relationship with his wife, Mary, thanks to his rise to fame and, ultimately, comes out as gays alone.

Different paths from St. Peter

He also touches on his legacy – he was born in Zanzibar, who later teamed up with his native Haladkar Tanganyika, now known as Tanzania. These were two boys from the same region, thousands of kilometers from home.

Most of his memories of Mercury come from them, sharing the same music teacher throughout the year.

“She used to get used to new activities, and if you made mistakes when you made your piano, she hit you on the knuckles with a stick,” he said. “Perhaps Freddie had more opportunities than me.”

Mercury is the subject of a Bohemian bird rhapsody, starring Remi Malek. (Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

Mercury played in the group during his time at school with Victoria Rana, the Tibetan kingdom, who would later become the commander who heads the United Nations peacekeeping efforts in Cyprus in 1999.

While watching Bohemian RhapsodyHaladkar was struck by the different ways that they experienced after they left St. Petersburg.

“You look at it and notice to yourself how many paths we all took and descend, regardless of whether it is in charge of forces in Cyprus or ends here in Newfoundland. It's amazing that we got to the place where we got to. "

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