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Boribunder Se Borivali Dekh Li Maine Gali Gali

Posted on: April 26, 2015


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Yeh Hai Bombay Meri Jaan – 5
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         Bombay Gangout – Part 5
         The Day After.

The next day to the gangout meeting, we had plans for a visit to our dear Arun ji. As the readers may be aware, Arun ji had not attended the gangout meeting. The personal family circumstances in the recent past, had been exigent to the extreme.  His life partner had passed away just 10 days prior to the scheduled meeting. We had decided to go ahead with the meeting, sans his participation.

Bharat Bhai, Khyati Ben, Sadanand ji and myself – we coordinated to arrive at the Versova Metro station at around 10.30 am.  Bharat Bhai traveled directly from his residence, which is connected with Versova, on the metro line.  Sadnand ji and Khyati Ben coordinated to meet at Borivali, then travel to Andheri via the local train, and then change over to Metro line.  I followed the same method, except that coming from Santa Cruz where I was staying, I took the local train in the opposite direction.  Getting on to the metro and then traveling to Versova – it was a very nostalgic experience for me.  A while back, in 1987-88, when I had started working with the Tatas (their erstwhile software engineering unit TUL – Tata Unisys Ltd.), I was posted in Bombay to start with.  The office was in Andheri (East) in an area that is called ‘SEEPZ’, which, if I recall correctly, stands for Sant Cruz Electronic Export Promotion Zone.  This was located just after the MIDC Complex (Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation) in Marol area.  For a major part of my stay in Bombay, I was staying in Andheri (West), in the Versova area, in a flat that I had rented from an office colleague, who was then stationed abroad on a project.  Getting that flat was a providential blessing – that was my first real stay in Bombay.  Stay as in living for an extended period of time, as opposed to visiting, which I had done on numerous occasions in the past.  That experience was a culture shock, as well as a wonderful lesson of life.  I will be covering that experience in the next post in this series.

So coming back to the nostalgia part, the short trip from Andheri station to Versova going by JP Road, was a reminder of my daily back and forth trip from my place of stay to the TUL office.  A lot had changed.  Of course the trip itself was happening many meters up in the air, as compared to the daily trip earlier, in BEST buses and or three wheeler auto rickshaws, all driving very much on the terra firma at the ground level.  But the route was same.  As the metro wended its way to Versova, I could see that lot of the skyline had changed.  Lot of landmarks that I was familiar with – some were still there, and many were changed.  It was a short trip down the memory lane, that tickled the strings of my heart, as I recalled the months that I had spent in this area, with memories mostly sweet.  Anyway, I will come back to that later.

So the four gang members landed up and met at the Versova station.  Bharat Bhai, who had earlier visited Arun ji, guided us as to the direction to take.  Arun ji’s residence is just a walking distance from the metro station.  So we walked, and enquired on way, and reached Jyoti Apartments.  As we were entering, I just happened to look across the road, and lo, I could see the Avinash Apartments complex where I had stayed for almost a year, and I could see the very apartment on the 4th floor where I lived.

We went towards block B in Jyoti Apartments.  In response to our call to him, Arun ji was waiting for us at the window of his first floor apartment, and guided us to the correct gate to enter.  We went up and reached his apartment B-13.

It was a very emotional encounter, especially for Khyati Ben and myself.  It would be the first time that the two of us were meeting Arun ji, and the circumstances could not have been more solemn and subdued.  It was a traditional greeting, touching his feet, and then I held him in my hug for a long time.  Any other occasion, I am sure there would have been some lively exchange on his “jet black” moustache, but it was not to be so that day.

We entered and we settled down in the study area, where Arun ji works on his computer, generating the many hundreds of posts that he has added to the blog.  The bookshelf just next to his work table, is full of books and notebooks.  Notebooks in which he stores his memories in writing.  His daughters were also present, and we were briefly introduced.

We talked about his loss and the current family situation.  Arun ji was quite composed and assured us that he is doing ok.  Yes, the loss is surely extreme, but then life is such.  One pauses and grieves for the loss, but then also one takes the next breath, the next step and the life continues.  Altered in some ways, but the relentless clock continues to tick and the life has to go on.

Next, we talked about the gangout meeting from the previous day.  Arun ji was very keen to know the details, and between the four of us, we gave him a fairly good briefing, on the gangout proceedings.  That was a lively discussion, as the four of us were quite keen to review the previous days program, and Arun ji, on his part was equally keen to know about how the day went.

It was a good almost couple of hours that we had spent there, sharing, reminiscing, discussing and reviewing, the program and events of the previous day.  It was a very lively session, as we all sat and discussed.  I assure you that being in the presence of Arun ji, is completely a wonderful experience.  Ah yes, I did mention to him that I had been living across the road from him for almost a year.  And then Arun ji in turn informed us that he had already moved into Jyoti apartments around 1985 or so, very well in time.  And so, the two of us have been neighbors for many months in the years 1987-88.  Just that, at that time, we did not holler across the road, checking into lyrics and songs information.  🙂

Time came, and we had to take leave.  With sentiments still fresh in the hearts, we bade good bye to Arun ji.

The subsequent plans were that Nalin ji Shah, invited us all to his flat, for a brief get together.  Bharat Bhai took leave, as he had other things to attend to.  So, Khyati Ben, Sadanand ji and myself, we took the three wheeler auto rickshaw and via th Juhu Road, we traveled to Santa Cruz, to Nalin ji’s apartment.  As a gracious host, he had prepared ‘bataka pao’ for a lunch savory.  As we reached his place, the phone call exchange confirmed that Ranjan Sain had already reached and was waiting for us.  Ranjan ji is the cousin of Manju Amarnath Das, and a nephew to the producer director K Amarnath.

And thus followed a very lively session for the rest of the afternoon, at Nalin ji’s residence.  To start with, he recounted and reminisced about the numerous get togethers that had happened at the very place where were now sitting – gatherings that were attended by the stalwart artists of the industry, all friends of Nalin ji.  People like Kavi Pradeep, Anil Biswas, Indeevar, Rajkumari, Jairaj, Qamar Jalaalabaadi, Meena Kapoor, Bulo C Rani, Nini Majumdar, Sudha Malhora, and more.  He shared anecdotes from such gatherings.  The group had a lot of eager queries and Nalin ji recounted the things he knew.  Somehow, being a person with whom others simply confide, he carries in his head a lot of things that are proverbially from the horse’s mouth.  And some of them, he is not able to share.

Nalin ji’s apartment is also an interesting curio’s place.  There are rare photographs, rare books and records, some of them signed by the artists themselves.  Being a journalist, his habit is to collect and catalog documents and artifacts.  In fact he has original documents from the past, that have historical importance for the interested folks.  He recounted how met the family members of Saigal Sb, of music director Husnlal, Anil Biswas himself, OP Nayyar himself, Naushad Sb himself, and many more.  And with each such encounter, his collection of documents, photographs and artifacts became richer.

We also turned to Ranjan ji, and requested him to recount his memories of being the nephew of the great producer director.  He recounted the gala days when K Amarnath was a name that spelt success in the industry, and the also told about the days when his popularity and status waned, the episodes and events not all that happy anymore.

As we were talking, Nalin ji wandered away into another room. He returned after a few minutes, carrying in his hand, what looked like a large register.  This is his scrapbook, one of the many volumes that has prepared, to store the documents and photographs – a partial record of the history of the film industry itself.  He had the register opened at a particular place and he showed it to us and to Ranjan ji in particular.  Ranjan ji almost jumped up with joy.  What Nalin ji was displaying was a document that is the original contract document by which K  Amarnath retained the services of music director Shyam Sunder for the film ‘Alif Laila’ (1953).  This is an important document for Manju ji, and her archival web page for her father, producer director K Amarnath.  He requested for a copy, and Nalin ji promptly promised to send a scanned copy via email.

The string of interesting episodes continue to flow.  However, we came to a time when sitting any later would have been difficult for most of those present.  So we decided to close the session.  Ranjan ji, Khyati Ben and Sadanand ji took leave and departed.  It had been a very lively session.

So with this post, we have now documented all the events related to the gangout and the other outings of the gang members on the 21st and 22nd of December, 2014.

For this post, I present this lively song from the 1966 film ‘Gogola’, starring Azad, Tabassum, Rani, Paulson, Niyampalli, Habeeb, Bhale Rao, Sharma, and Chander K.  The songs of this film are written by Baalkavi Bairaagi and the music is by Roy Frank.  The singing voice is that of Mahendra Kapoor. It seems as if  the creators of this song tried to recreate an aura of “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Jeena Yahaan” (‘CID’, 1956).  Tried, but have been able to get just a shadow of that classic. However, the song does take you on a trip from Boribunder in the extreme south, to Borivali in the north.  Another suggestion of a new category – ‘searching for love’.

A fun song, reasonably good.  Listen and enjoy.

Song – Boribunder Se Borivali Dekh Li Maine Gali Gali (Gogola) (1966) Singer – Mahendra Kapoor, Lyrics – Balkavi Bairaagi, MD – Roy Frank

Lyrics

boribunder se borivali
dekh li maine gali gali
meri saanwri mujhe nahin mili
meri saanwri mujhe nahin mili
boribunder se borivali
dekh li maine gali gali
meri saanwri mujhe nahin mili
meri saanwri mujhe nahin mili
boribunder se borivali

railon mein dekha
melon mein dekha
chhail chhabeele chhailon mein dekha
caron mein dekha
thelon mein dekha
kaarkhaanon mein dekha
jailon mein dekha
nahin mili par nahin mili
boribunder se borivali
dekh li maine gali gali
meri saanwri mujhe nahin mili
meri saanwri mujhe nahin mili
boribunder se borivali

sau sau baar samandar dekha
chidiya ghar ke andar dekha
bhaalu dekha
bandar dekha
overbridge ke under dekha
nahin mili par nahin mili
boribunder se borivali
dekh li maine gali gali
meri saanwri mujhe nahin mili
meri saanwri mujhe nahin mili
boribunder se borivali

batua khoyea
jeb kataaya
terylene ka pant ganwaaya
isey pataaya usey pataaya
bhookhon reh kar weight ghaaaya
nahin mili par nahin mili
boribunder se borivali
dekh li maine gali gali
meri saanwri mujhe nahin mili
meri saanwri mujhe nahin mili
boribunder se borivali
dekh li maine gali gali
meri saanwri mujhe nahin mili
meri saanwri mujhe nahin mili
boribunder se borivali

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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बोरिबंदर से बोरीवली
देख ली मैंने गली गली
मेरी सांवरी मुझे नहीं मिली
मेरी सांवरी मुझे नहीं मिली
बोरिबंदर से बोरीवली
देख ली मैंने गली गली
मेरी सांवरी मुझे नहीं मिली
मेरी सांवरी मुझे नहीं मिली
बोरिबंदर से बोरीवली

रेलों में देखा
मेलों में देखा
छैल छबीले छैलों में देखा
कारों में देखा
ठेलों में देखा
करखानों में देखा
जेलों में देखा
नहीं मिली पर नहीं मिली
बोरिबंदर से बोरीवली
देख ली मैंने गली गली
मेरी सांवरी मुझे नहीं मिली
मेरी सांवरी मुझे नहीं मिली
बोरिबंदर से बोरीवली

सौ सौ बार समुंदर देखा
चिड़िया घर के अंदर देखा’
भालू देखा
बंदर देखा
ओवर ब्रिज के अंडर देखा
नहीं मिली पर नहीं मिली
बोरिबंदर से बोरीवली
देख ली मैंने गली गली
मेरी सांवरी मुझे नहीं मिली
मेरी सांवरी मुझे नहीं मिली
बोरिबंदर से बोरीवली

बटुआ खोया
जेब कटाया
टैरीलीन का पैंट गंवाया
इसे पटाया उसे पटाया
भूखों रह कर वेट घटाया
नहीं मिली पर नहीं मिली
बोरिबंदर से बोरीवली
देख ली मैंने गली गली
मेरी सांवरी मुझे नहीं मिली
मेरी सांवरी मुझे नहीं मिली
बोरिबंदर से बोरीवली
देख ली मैंने गली गली
मेरी सांवरी मुझे नहीं मिली
मेरी सांवरी मुझे नहीं मिली
बोरिबंदर से बोरीवली

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5 Responses to "Boribunder Se Borivali Dekh Li Maine Gali Gali"

Just loved reading this, Sudhirji. The mutual love and respect that Atulites have can be so well gleaned from this post.

So you and Arunji were staying SO close to each other in 1987-88 and didn’t run into each other? This is like the antithesis of a Manmohan Desai film!!! In his film, a person can be living in Colaba, his long-lost brother in Virar – and somehow they will meet at Siddhi Vinayak Temple. Depending on how far the film already is, they will either recognise each other, or not. 🙂

Reading about Nalinji’s collection is just fascinating!!! I hope the documents/articles are preserved carefully so as to not get damaged through passage of time.

So, all in all, it looks like your Mumbai trip (which almost didn’t happen) turned out to be highly productive and active. You got to meet a lot of people, have a lot of wonderful experiences – great!!! I wish I could have been there too – would have been wonderful to meet all of you. Khair, agli baar.

Thanks for this series, Sudhirji. I thoroughly enjoyed reading each post of the series. Could catch up with the earlier ones only today but am very glad I did.

I regret not joining them next day as I was in the midst of editing a mini-book on escapades in Kedarnath of 8 who came through unscathed through near death situations although I met Nalinji on the D day and Arunji two weeks before with Bharatbhai.

BORIVALI….. The name, the place, the town brings back my memories of twenty two years living at the same place where my family is still living since 119 years!! Yes, you read it right. My grandfather moved to this same place in 1996 from a small town close to Porbandar, Gujarat and his fifth generation is still living there.
Sudhirji, thank you for posting this special song. I was the most lucky person to meet so many of “celebrities” during this gangout. Meeting Atulji, Sadanandji, Nitinbhai, Nahamji, Bharatbhai of our family was truly a precious gift and visiting Arunji (missed him very much at the meeting) and Nalinji was like an icing on a cake. Arrey!!! Aap ka naam to bhool gayi… kya hai na ki aap ko milne ka avasar pehe mil chuka tha to doosre sabhi Atulji ke parivaar ke sadasyon se milne ki uttejana mein bhool gayi… Ab yaad aaya to dar ke mare meri aur sab ki slamati ke liye likh na jaruri samjha ki kahin tahalka na mach jaaye 😦 ya agli mulakaat mein meri pitaayi na ho jaaye 😥 (gangout ki jagah mera hangout na ho jaaye 😉 ). Bhai, ye to sab shabd ki mayajaal hai to bura mat lagana. 😀

Regarding Nalinji’s collection – I was amazed looking at all his collections, specially documents, clips of all Hindi cinema related articles, letters and all other you have mentioned in the post. But I was bowled over when after knowing my uncles’ names (one lawyer and other a solicitor) and their connection to film industry he showed me few of the letters that was written to Anil Biswas by one of my uncle regarding his case (think dispute over some payment with the producer?). Nalinji’s collection is like a museum to treasure for all Hindi movie lovers. Thank you for giving me this golden opportunity to spend some time with him which I will cherish my entire life.
Love and regards
Khyati

ben aapke commen tmein typo hain….. 119 years ka matlab 1996 nahin hota na?
😉

Just a typo 😦 It’s 1896. Thanks for reading and then noticing…

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