Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy..? One of the most anticipated movies of 2018 is making its way to the theatres and the journey hasn’t been a smooth ride. ‘8 years in the making’, the film much like the star has been slated with controversies since 2013 when Sacha Baron Cohen who was to play the role of lead singer Freddie Mercury left the project. To make things worse, the original Director of the film, Bryan Singer’s exit didn’t make things easier on the team.
The show must go on, and Sacha Cohen’s exit saw former Mr. Robot Actor Rami Malek star as the lead in this film. The man who broke mindsets with his lifestyle and records with his music gets a biopic after many years. The film follows the journey of the band Queen as it rises in the 1970’s to its epic performance at the Wembley stadium in 1985 (Live Aid), a few years before his death. Actor Rami Malek follows in the footsteps of Freddie Mercury, and the performance is nothing short of perfection.
The Hectics with lead Freddie Mercury.
While fans and inspired musicians around the world passionately follow the British Rock legends, Freddie Mercury’s journey to stardom had its initial roots in India. The young Parsi boy went by the name ‘Farrokh Bulsara’ when he was a 12 year old in St. Peter’s School, Panchgani. Freddie Mercury was inspired by many things around him, but none matched his vocal ambition to sing like the Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar. The late singer’s 3-octave high pitched renditions inspired Freddie Mercury above all other artists at the time. He would often listen to Western Pop music on the radio and imitate it on his piano. Although a shy teenager, Freddie became a local hit with his boyhood Indian band – ‘The Hectics’.
It was here that the young prodigy coined the name “Freddie” before finally shifting to England from Zanzibar and forming the band – Queen in 1970. Along with Guitarist Brian May, Drummer Roger Taylor and Bassist John Deacon, the band reached phenomenal heights. Something that the film Bohemian Rhapsody’s trailer has managed to capture is the essence of fame that made the band iconic in that era.
Featuring classic Queen hits like We Will Rock You, Killer Queen and many more, the film celebrates Queen, the music and front-man Freddie who defied stereotypes and shattered conventions on the road to becoming one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet, till his untimely death in 1991.
This biopic also stars Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee (as Brian May), Ben Hardy (as Roger Taylor), Joseph Mazzello (as John Deacon), Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander and Mike Meyers. One of the greatest entertainers on the planet comes back to life and is ready to rock you! Bohemian Rhapsody is all set to release on the 24th of October in UK, 2nd of November in US.
To see the trailer, click here.