We have grown up to the music of aapro Freddie. The life of the legendary lead singer of the British band, Queen, will now be broadcast on film in the upcoming biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. Named after the band’s most famous song, the film is based on Freddie Mercury’s music and his band’s rise to fame.
Queen is one of the few British bands with ties to India. Freddie Mercury’s parents were Parsis from the then-British province of Bombay. Even today, songs like We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions remain eternal in our playlists and are also played at every Parsi function – be it birthdays, weddings, or navjots.
The poster was first released with Rami Malek as the spitting image of the Queen singer. The teaser that came next featured snippets of our favorite songs by the band and gave us a look into the legacy of the man who ushered in a new wave in music as well as the fashion industry.
The trailer of the film showcased a different side of the singer’s tumultuous life. While he reached unparalleled success with the band, life took an unexpected turn as he was struggling with his solo career followed by the diagnosis of AIDS. The trailer highlights many well-known aspects of his life, like his love for cats, his flair for drama, the unique kind of music, and his relationships with many important people in his life.
Bohemian Rhapsody has had its share of controversies, much like the man it is based on. Comedy actor Sacha Baron Cohen was originally picked to play the lead role but it was later announced that the Emmy-winning star of Mr. Robot will feature as the legendary singer. The film also had a change of direction mid-way into shooting, after Bryan Singer was fired due to constant clashes with the cast and crew. Dexter Fletcher was later selected to complete the filming process.
Bohemian Rhapsody is scheduled to be released on the 16th of November in India, where it will be as celebrated just as much as anywhere else. In fact, we won’t be surprised if the first few shows resemble a Sunday-evening play at the NCPA (Parsis will get that reference). Keep checking this space for more updates on the film and don’t forget to share the royal news with your friends.