Who is Vipul Boricha, Sandesh TV’s cameraperson in the line of fire at Junagadh!

JUNAGADH | RAJKOT – On Sunday evening, while I was at Ahmedabad, attending one official professional meeting, all of a sudden messages of mediapersons being attacked started pinging one after the another on my cellphone.

In just few minutes, a video recording from a cellphone, flashed on several social media handles, including WhatsApp, Facebook etc and was viral like a wild-fire.

On viewing the video I saw a familiar face – it was Vipul Boricha, cameraperson of Sandesh TV, in conflict with the cops.

Cops pushing him and his camera and Vipul equally resisting to protect himself and his camera.

All of a sudden it is visible in video that Vipul is being slapped by a cop in civil dress and he immediately turns his back but is being beaten on his legs with batons and on his LiveVU kit which becomes his shield to protect his back from the hurling batons.

Suddenly there is a voice in back which says, this is not fair, media is being lathicharged, all mediapersons, please run this, this is not fair.

And the crowd is seen being dispursed from the place, where you will see News18 Gujarati reporter Ankit Popat in the screen, trying to show the scene, with his cameraperson in action.

Immediately, the crowd is seen moving out and the video ends.

After having viewed the video, instantly i popped-out my cellphone and called Vipul to enqire about his health and to know the narrative from his end as to what all happened and in first place, WHY it happened?

Thought it was crystal clear from the video that in the ruckus between cops and media, Vipul was the only one, who was in the line of fire and at receiving end.


WHAT WAS THE INCIDENT & EPISODE


Vipul narrated me the whole episode, detailing me that they were camping at Junagadh (on Sunday since morning) to cover the Swaminarayan Temple Trust elections.

Please remember it was not a usual or a normal weekend holiday for Vipul and his reporter Rahim Lakhani and several other Gujarati Television crew members, who were attending their call of duty – unlike those working in corporate office for fixed hours, with just five days a week, followed by a relaxed weekend.


Vipul posing in his recent visit to Delhi (Pix Courtesy : From Facebook Page of Vipul Boricha Prajapati)

Vipul posing in his recent visit to Delhi (Pix Courtesy : From Facebook Page of Vipul Boricha Prajapati)


But here these media-guys from Rajkot had travelled 100 kilometers plus and were working, on a sultry summer Sunday in a city of Junagadh, where the rock mountain Girnar’s Black stone release excess heat in summer afternoon, when the temperature had already knocked a high knot of 33 degree celsius, for the day.

Media guys from Rajkot were camping at Junagadh on Sunday to cover the elections of Swaminarayan Sect Temple Trust, to give a relaxed weekend to the Gujaratis residing globally as well in far Urban and Rural Gujarat.

To let these money savvy population have a comfortable view in their drawing rooms over their slim-screens and android televisions, so that they can have a relaxed weekend in air-conditioned 23-27 degree Celsius.


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But apart from climate, the temperatures soared when a group of mediapersons camping at Junagadh outside temple premises learnt about some ruckus within the temple trust members.

Any such development has its own visual value, as far as television coverage goes and any cameraperson will not leave that opportunity, to capture such visual moments! Period!

If he/she does that and misses on such 24 carat gold visual opportunity, better he/she not be in journalism, especially television journalism – as simple as that.


AS FAST AS CHEETAAH


So, Vipul is one such cameraperson – always Alert! Like any sniper, who will not miss his shot – in similar manner Vipul is like any sniper, who is always ready with his weaponary, always on alert mode – not ready to compromise on that fraction of second and give a miss to that shot.

Vipul is like that wild-animal who will not leave his prey and will continue to chase it with his full energy, for which he maintains his fitness, at the highest level.

So, here Vipul immediately rushed on the spot and captured his moments.

Moments and shots captured by Vipul which according to him as he narrated to me over the phone were few of his EXCLUSIVE shots which were cutting LIVE on his television news channel using LivVU kit.


Vipul shaking hand with present day India Prime Minister Narendra, who was than contesting from RAJKOT-2 after having chaired as Chief Minister of Gujarat. Vipul is seen with his loaded weapon a VHS Camera in his early career days.

Vipul shaking hand with present day India Prime Minister Narendra, who was than contesting from RAJKOT-2 after having chaired as Chief Minister of Gujarat. Vipul is seen with his loaded weapon a VHS Camera in his early career days.


These shots or visuals captured by Vipul were such, where he not only captured some LIVE footages of the ruckus within the temple trust members, but also managed to get the EXCLUSIVE shot of person responsible for same ruckus, who was nabbed by the cops and was being dragged to the police vehicle.

Later on all of a sudden, cops created resistance and stopped media from further shoot, that is where the friction started, according to Vipul.

So, the whole matter was the Swaminarayan Temple Trust elections, where media was stopped after a certain point to cover it? Why? For what reasons media was not allowed to cover (?) is not clear, yet.

But, Vipul resisted where he is heard saying, “We are also doing our duty, please let us do our duty …” and while he alongwith his camera was pushed back by a cop, Vipul tried to protect the camera and his resistance became more stronger and he also in return to resist pushed the same cop who had pushed him and his camera, as visible in the video.

Later on all of a sudden as seen in the video Vipul was the only camerperson who was on the receiving end!


WHO IS VIPUL BORICHA?


“STONEMAN” – as we couple of fellow-journalists (myself, Shailandrasinh Jhala etc) call him, in a very lighter tone, because he is always rock-solid, ready to stand strong against all odds – be it professional or personal in nature, like a stone and so we call him STONEMAN.

He is rock-solid, in his professional commitment!

Matchless & second to none, a Marwick in his own capacity.

The man has earned his position, wherever today he is and whatever he is.


VIPUL’s CAREER-GRAPH


Vipul, began his career in media industry in year 2000, doubling as cameraperson cum reporter at Hello Saurashtra, a local cable news network channel operational from Rajkot.

Later he joined the stringer network operated by Bharat Barai in Rajkot under the aegis of Zee Alpha TV Gujarati and worked there from 2003 till 2004.

After Bharat Barai left Alpha TV Gujarati and was roped in by Star News, Vipul continued working with Barai as cameraperson and later on alongwith Star News, Vipul continued doing camerawork at CNBC AWAAZ, CNBC TV18, CNN-IBN, alongwith Barai.


While interviewing Cheteshwar Pujara

While interviewing Cheteshwar Pujara


The man made his move to Ahmedabad in year 2010-11, joining TV9 GUJARATI as cameraman in year 2011 and continued working at TV9 GUJARATI till 2012-13.

In year 2012-13, he made move to GSTV, relocating back to his hometown at RAJKOT.

And since 2013, Vipul continues to work as cameraperson at SANDESH TV till date.


OTHER TRAITS OF VIPUL


Pretty tech and gadget savvy lensman, in his own temperament and a very jovial human.

My first encounter with Vipul was in year 2000 at Rajkot Police Commissioner’s office, where  we met covering the famous Bhaskar-Paresh kidnapping & extortion case developments.

Vipul, constantly observed me and continued watching at my physique – which has always remained quite stamic in nature, since those days, because I also used to double up as cameraperson cum correspondent, on several occasions, as I loved to operate camera and capture shots with flavours of visual treat & delight.


Enjoying Holi Festival with the Ex Rajkot Police Commissioner Anupansinh Gehlot

Enjoying Holi Festival with the Ex Rajkot Police Commissioner Anupansinh Gehlot


One fine day, after having build-up that hi-hello rapport, Vipul just approached me.

In a very innocent manner, he asked me – saying, “Bhai, national news channel maa aavavu hoi to tamaaraa jevi body banaavavi pade? (Meaning : If I’m keen to work in national news channels – do I need to have a physique like you?) and I just laughed and is said, “Evu kaain nathi, Mota … life maa moko male tyaare kaam karvaa maandje (Meaning : Nothing as such – Bro [Mota is a very friendly word used in Rajkot for Bro] – whenever you get an opportunity to work – just start working).

Like that dream Nawazuddin Sidduqui aka the Chand Nawaab of Bajrangi Bhaijaan had, Vipul also had similar aspirations to some day work in a national news network, working in a local level cable network – Vipul aspired and dreamt to grow from local to national.


While covering Rath Yatra at Ahmedabad

While covering Rath Yatra at Ahmedabad


And so be it, that miracle – a dream come true just happened for Vipul – he just travelled from one brand to another brand, in a hassle free manner, and that too including some stalwart media brands like ALPHA TV GUJARATI (of ZEE GROUP), STAR NEWS, CNN-IBN, CNBC TV18, CNBC BAZAAR etc etc.

A cameraman who was working on a payroll of a stringer had finally got a job, a secured job on a company payroll and that too in a company at Ahmedabad and his secured professional journey began from TV9 GUJARATI.


OWNER OF A JOVIAL TEMPERAMENT


Vipul, whenever you meet him, just ask him to narrate the Civil Hospital Doctor Episode.

And trust me, you will burst into laughters!!! You will just go bonkers !!! Guarantee.

In those days, Gujarati news was hardly there on television in Rajkot – unlike today’s clustered media bombardment, but yet that little newsfeeds had its own impact.

In a place like Rajkot, news has predominantly being dominated by eveninger newspapert, followed by newspapers in morning and couple of cable television news capsule brands like Hello Saurashtra and Chandni News, read by some beautiful faces from Rajkot, few of whom have now embraced stardom in tellywood, bollywood, event ventures etc etc.


While feasting with fellow camerapersons and friends from Media

While feasting with fellow camerapersons and friends from Media


Vipul, while working at Hello Saurashtra, had once reported about something gone wrong at a Rajkot Civil Hospital and the concerned people – in including the doctor incharge & on duty, had to face the heat, from their superiors, after his report made headlines on the local cable news network (those were the days where NEWS had IMPACT!)

Now, on one fine day our hero’s (Vipul’s) penis got stuck into his pant zips! after he having hurriedly attended the call of nature, while rushing for news!

Immediately Vipul was rushed to same civil hospital for treatment – of which he had reported the news and including the doctor the entire staff has faced the heat, because of his tiny small news capsule, which was on the cable telecast network.


While at shoot with Border Security Force Jawans

While at shoot with Border Security Force Jawans


Than he was asked to lie-down on the operation table in operation theatre and the same doctor against whom he had reported saw him and recognized him and asked him, “Are you the same person who had reported about us?” (ofcourse with a scalpel knife in his hand!) and our hero was literally perspiring, but innocently said, “Yes, it was me only!”

And than our hero narrates, “Maaro Bhaai mane to Bhagwaan no te divase saakshaatkaar thai gayo …” (Meaning : I literally remembered God, while I was under the knife on operation table to be operated by the same doctor against whom I had reported)

However, all went well!

But, do not forget to get this narrative from Vipul himself, while you meet him, anytime – anywhere.

He has such several jovial connects, where he gives some fabulous comparisons and asks his bosses that can you live such a stress free life?


A PASSIONATE PROFESSIONAL & COMMITTED MARWEICK


Thorough in his work, always ready to learn, unlearn and re-learn, that is Vipul.

Remember that Sonam Kapoor Episode where she was being rushed for swine-flu treatment from Rajkot to Mumbai while she was shooting for PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO at GONDAL (just 37 kilometers from RAJKOT).

It was only SANDESH TV which had SUPER EXCLUSIVELY EXCLUSIVE visuals of Sonam Kapoor being shifted from Sterling Hospital in Ambulance to Airport and from Airport being flown down to Mumbai.


With Fellow Camerapersons while attending the Call of Duty

With Fellow Camerapersons while attending the Call of Duty


Thanks to Vipul Boricha, who was the CAMERAMAN on duty at that time and managed to get those SUPER EXCLUSIVELY EXCLUSIVE visuals of Sonam Kapoor where Sonam Kapoor is seen snapping at him and shouting at him.

Without being bothered about he being insulted by the Star Actress, Vipul remained rock-solid and continued doing his work.

I have seen Vipul at times risking his life and going beyond his permissible capacities without bothering about himself or his life to take the visuals and shots.

Be it deep waters in monsoon or for that matter covering rioting mobs, safety is not the word in this cameraman’s dictionary and that is what makes him unique and matchless – different from others!

He just risks in for his professional commitment.


While busy lensing the Bollywood Beauties Evlin Sharma, Amisha Patel and Zarine Khan

While busy lensing the Bollywood Beauties Evlin Sharma, Amisha Patel and Zarine Khan


He is so much so committed to his profession, that he would not mind exploring the flea-markets in the city to get best of the best journalist jackets, which can let him pack his accessories and he gets them at a superb bargain prices.

But, in Junagadh he had to pay the price for his this very priceless temperament! Sad – but true!


MAN OF PHYSICAL DISCIPLINE


Vipul uses internet to read about the fitness schedules of stars and how they maintain their fitness.

Vipul equally follows them, he tries to hit bed early and wake-up early, so that he goes out for his morning physical routine – including walk and some exercise.

He prefers to do his own work and I have been a witness to his this characteristic.

My home in Ahmedabad was always ready to welcome media friends coming to work at Ahmedabad, from RAJKOT.


While lensing Sachin Tendulkar with a Dingy Camera at Cricket Ground in Rajkot

While lensing Sachin Tendulkar with a Dingy Camera at Cricket Ground in Rajkot


Many friends stayed at my place – in initial days, until they managed their two-three salaries to rent out their own adobe or shift their families.

The names include, Maulik Buch who had anchored from Baroda, while having joined The Financial Express at Ahmedabad, Vipul Boricha who had anchored from Rajkot, while having joined TV9 Gujarati, Sunil Ankleshwariya stayed for couple of days, who had anchored from Hyderabad, while having joined TV9 Gujarati, Bhavesh Shah, who had anchored from Rajkot, while having joined DNA at Ahmedabad.

I enjoyed staying with old friends from media moving to park themselves at Ahmedabad, talking about the city and happenings around – exploring new food-joints etc etc, watching loads of TELEVISION NEWS, analyzing the same developments, listening to FM Radio etc etc.


The man has earned his professional cavalry from heavy VHS Cameras to LivVU Kit ready cameras, he has simply progressed while from shooting leaders in NDA 1 - with George Fernandes

The man has earned his professional cavalry from heavy VHS Cameras to LivVU Kit ready cameras, he has simply progressed while from shooting leaders in NDA 1 – with George Fernandes


I was parked at Ahmedabad from 2008 till 2016, during my tenure at Bloomberg TV India, CII (Confederation of Indian Industries) and Cogencis – and during that time my home at Ahmedabad had almost become a second home for such new migrating birds to the city.

So, coming back to Vipul – he is someone who prefers to do his own work.

He cleaned his own clothes, at times also use to clean the house – as he prefers the place to be neat & clean – SWACHCHHATA is one of his taste.

Soaked and boiled cereals and sprouts – for his morning breakfast, post his yoga and exercise routine.


While lensing singer Shreya Ghosal

While lensing singer Shreya Ghosal


Vipul is an ardent disciple of Brahma Kumaris, who will not miss on his meditation routine, whenever he gets time, from his busy schedule and routine.

Prefers to watch ACTION movies in English Language, something of a common taste we used to enjoy!

And he loves late Paul Walker – THE FAST & FURIOUS franchisee hero and Jason Statham – THE TRANSPORTER Franchisee hero.

On watching Paul he would say, “Maaro haado kevo laage che, pacha rupiya vaalu T-Shirt pehri ne ubho hoi toye rolo paadi dye … (Meaning : He looks so stunning, he might have wore this t-shirt which might not be more than 50 rupees if available in India – but he looks so stunning that he fits the frame and scene)


ABOVE ALL – A FANTABULOUS HUMAN


Father of 3 kids – 2 girls and 1 boy, Vipul indeed puts his fullest energies to meet and match his requirements.

He has been a fab father who has educated his girl children and is a very open minded father, to let them gear upto the studies for post-graduation, though there are several social bottlenecks in the community and caste he belongs to.

Honest to the core, he has rejected the fair and kind gestures from several political party members, who approached to him, while after having covered elections and in a very polite manner refuses to same.

While he working with Bharat Barai, at times if Barai while travelling and he working for CNBC AWAAZ, he used to be deputed for coverage, would just come to me sometimes and request in a very polite manner saying, “Himanshubhai, tamey jaraa aatlaa questions puchi desho, please … (Meaning : Himanshubhai, will you please help me in asking this few questions to the concerned person).


Celebrating 2nd Anniversary of SANDESH TV with his Boss Vivek Bhatt

Celebrating 2nd Anniversary of SANDESH TV with his Boss Vivek Bhatt


Very disciplined and punctual – loves desi Kathiawaadi food.

Vipul, is a such a cameraman, who would read the stress on your face, while you are facing camera and instead of telling you that smile please to give a light look from the tense one, he will just crack some joke which will release all your stress and make you CAMERA or LIVE READY!

Cameraman are such a breed of professionals, who double-up the responsibility on ground with the reporter as a frame expert and even co-ordinate with the newsrooms of LIVE networks, but it is those camerapersons, who are behind the front end success of the LIVE REPORTERS / LIVE VISUALS or RECORDED REPORTERS / RECORDED VISUALS and Vipul Boricha is one such camerperson.

On the chair, busy lensing the Chair-Leaders of Today, from Gujarat Chief Minister to BJP Party President to India Prime Minister

On the chair, busy lensing the Chair-Leaders of Today, from Gujarat Chief Minister to BJP Party President to India Prime Minister


Hope, all settles well with him and administration and this cameraperson with CHEETAH kind of ENERGY is BACK IN ACTION, in full-fledged manner.

Vipul Boricha’s Facebook Page Link and his Cellphone numbers are given here, in case, if anyone wishes to connect with him ….

Cellphone Number of Vipul Boricha : +91 98790 72729

Facebook Page Link of Vipul Boricha : https://www.facebook.com/vipul.boricha.18


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