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Freddie was born Farrokh
Mercury was the lead singer of Queen, a band that he founded in 1970 with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. Bassist John Deacon joined them a year later.
The movie Bohemian Rhapsody takes its name after their popular song, lasting six minutes and what many connoisseurs consider as the greatest song of all time. The fast-paced movie has Egyptian-origin actor Rami Malek playing Freddie Mercury.
It opens in 1970 when Freddie is still an aspirant singer frequenting clubs. He gets his break in one of them when a lead singer in a band quits. From there the film traverses fifteen eventful years of his life.
Freddie was a revolting teenager yearning independence as his respectable parents learnt while futilely advising him to
The movie brings out Freddie’s on and off relationship with girlfriend Mary Austin (played by Lucy Boynton) and his troubled affair with his manager Paul Prenter (played by Allen Leech).
We also learn that Freddie made a virtue of his buck teeth that apparently added range to his singing. The film shows EMI executive Ray Foster opposing and walking out on the song Bohemian Rhapsody before it sees the light of the day. For
Freddie wrote many of his songs. What makes the movie a treat for Queen fans is the assortment of their greatest hits, shown with sing-along lyrics on screen. Freddie’s coquettishness is on display.
The crowning glory of the band is also the pivotal moment of the movie - the Live Aid concert in Wembley, England in 1985 where they perform their greatest numbers like Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, Hammer to Fall and We Are The Champions.
There is an unmistakable premonition of death in the lines of Bohemian Rhapsody like ‘If I am not here tomorrow, carry on
Malek has essayed a restrained performance as the flamboyant singer. The movie
Bohemian Rhapsody has won Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Film Editing.