Farrokh Bulsara: The Legendary Freddie Mercury’s Connection with India
Rami Malek has won the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of rock star Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
“We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant who lived his life unapologetically himself,” Rami Malek said as he accepted the most prestigious award a Film personality can ever receive.
For the people who don’t know, Rami Malek played lead singer ‘Freddie Mercury’ from Band called Queen. Movie Bohemian Rhapsody won 4 awards and has a small connection to India.
Before he was the legend, before he was a sensation, before there was Queen or even Freddie Mercury, there was Farrokh Bulsara, a quiet boy born to Parsi parents in the British protectorate of Zanzibar and dispatched to boarding school in a hill station not far from Bombay.
Mercury’s background – his family, are Parsees, followers of the Zoroastrian religion whose ancestors came from Persia – was never in the forefront as he sang in Queen.
His father, Bomi, was born in India went to British possession in Africa to work as a registrar for the colonial government, taking with him his wife, Jer.
When he was eight Mercury was sent to St Peter’s, a boarding school near his parents’ home city of Bombay, now Mumbai, and showed a natural talent for the piano.
Mrs Bulsara recalled: “Right from the start, Freddie was musical. He had it on his mind all the time. He could play any tune. He could hear something and play it straight away.”
His connection to India may be small, But he should be cherished for what he was, a legend. It is an honour to have a dent in such a prestigious person’s history.