Gilehriyaan song from Dangal movie and details


Gilehriyaan song from Aamir Khan movie Dangal (2016)

Lead Actors: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra 

Music: Pritam

Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya

Singer: Jonita Gandhi, Neha Kakkar 

Director: Nitesh Tiwari



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Translation of Gilehriyaan Song from Dangal Movie:

Why are my days and afternoons changing color and chirping merrily
I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, I don't know
Why is my heartbeat hopping excitedly like squirrels
I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, I don't know

Why are my days and afternoons changing color and chirping merrily
I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, I don't know
Why is my heartbeat hopping excitedly like squirrels
I don't know, I don't know

Why is the weather a little bit crazy
or my mood so clownish
why is the taste of fulfilling my heart's desire 
so delicious and juicy  
I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, I don't know

Why are the branches of my desires
filled with thousands of red Gulmohar (Royal Poinciana) flowers
I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, I don't know
Why is my heartbeat hopping excitedly like squirrels
I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, I don't know

I have made a new friendship with the sky
Earth is feeling jealous, making faces 
and telling me that I am getting spoiled
Life is bored with counting and 
now along with numbers is reading poetry verses

I have left right and wrong behind 
and going to the court
Why is my heartbeat hopping excitedly like squirrels
I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, I don't know

Gilehriyaan song from Dangal: Interesting Details

Setting of Gilehriyaan Song from Dangal Movie

Mahavir Singh Phogat (played by Aamir Khan), who was an amateur national wrestling champion in his younger days, has been the wrestling coach of his two daughters since they were young. The daughters, Geeta and Babita, have done well and won several wrestling awards and prizes. After winning the national championship, the oldest daughter, Geeta, leaves her home in a small town to join the National Sports Academy in a bigger city to train for international wrestling events. In the academy, Geeta learns new wrestling moves and different techniques. She gets access to fancy sports equipment, which she never had before. She also gets a taste of freedom for the first time in her life. After living under the strict discipline of her father all her life, this is a big change for her. She finds new friends and many temptations to distract her from her wrestling training. She is excited and wide-eyed to shop in a shopping mall. She enjoys riding on a scooter and eating her favorite street food which had been forbidden by her strict father. She starts paying more attention to her clothes and looks. She gives up her previous crudely cut boyish hairstyle and starts growing her hair longer.  She learns to style and blow dry her hair. She starts painting her nails. She also gets attention from male athletes in the facility, which is a brand new experience for her. When Geeta's father calls her to find out about her training, she doesn't talk to him properly and does not give any details about her training, which disturbs her father. The younger daughter, Babita, continues to live at home and train under her father's strict regimen without any expensive equipment. The song shows a clear contrast between the lifestyles of the oldest daughter Geeta and the second daughter Babita.  

About Dangal movie  

Dangal is an extraordinary movie. It makes a deep impression and is likely to stay with  viewers for a long time. It is a story about determination and hard work and also portrays the bond and relationship between parents and children beautifully. The word Dangal means a wrestling competition in Hindi language. The movie is about an amateur Indian wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat (Aamir Khan), who was a national wrestling champion. Due to family pressures, Mahavir was forced to give up wrestling and get a regular job. Mahavir was not able to win a medal for India in an international competition but hoped that in the future his (yet to be born) son would achieve that goal. He and his wife kept hoping and praying for a son but after having four daughters, Mahavir gave up hope. The situation changed when Mahavir saw potential in his daughters Geeta and Babita after they beat up some boys who were insulting them. Mahavir started coaching both daughters in wrestling. The daughters were reluctant to learn wrestling initially but started taking it seriously later. The movie is about the struggles and many obstacles the father and daughters face and how they achieve success because of their hard work and determination. It is a feel good movie that is inspiring and heartwarming. 

Gilehriyaan Song from Dangal movie

Gilehriyaan song from Dangal movie is a lively and cheerful song. The song mostly shows Geeta (played wonderfully by Fatima Sana Shaikh) as she leaves home and adjusts to her new life at the sports academy. It also shows her younger sister Babita (played by Sanya Malhotra) as she trains at home with her father and provides a contrast to the older sister Geeta's life at the academy. The music is composed by Pritam and is very suitable for the song. Pritam is a versatile music composer and has composed many types of songs for Dangal and many other films. For example, he composed another very lively and popular song Nagada Baja from the film Jab we metClick here for Nagada Baja song and details. Lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya is a man, yet he has written wonderful and very appropriate lyrics to capture the sentiments of a young girl really well. This is a cheerful song to describe the feelings of a young girl as she makes a big transition in her life. This song is in contrast to another wonderful but very different song Naina from Dangal film, which is a sentimental and soulful song. Click here for Naina song from Dangal movie. 

Dangal movie based on real life  

Dangal movie is based on the real life story of an amateur Indian wrestler, Mahavir Singh Phogat, who was a national wrestling champion and trained his daughters in wrestling. Although some events in the movie have been dramatized to make the movie more interesting and some events never happened in real life, most of the important events are based on real events. In an interview, the real Mahavir Singh said that the events in the movie were 99% accurate. Click here to watch an interview with real Mahavir Singh Phogat and his two daughters. The oldest daughter, Geeta Phogat, did really win the Gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games! She was the first Indian female wrestler to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and made her father and country really proud. The second daughter, Babita, won the Silver medal in 2010 Commonwealth Games and won the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Later, Mahavir Singh Phogat went on to coach all four of his daughters and also two of his nieces. The Phogat sisters have achieved success in several wrestling championships. Click here to watch a clip of the 2010 gold medal match of Geeta Phogat. 

Aamir Khan's transformation for Dangal movie 

The movie required Aamir Khan to grow older through the movie. His character, Mahavir Singh Phogat, had to change from a young and fit athlete to an older and overweight man. In fact, he had to act as an old and fat man in most of the film. At first glance, it is not easy to recognize Aamir Khan in the movie. To do the role genuinely, Aamir Khan decided to put on a lot of weight. By his own account, his weight had reached 97 Kilograms (213 Pounds) with 38% fat. Instead of wearing a fat suit or using video tricks, Aamir Khan chose to put on a lot of weight to do the role authentically. Click here to see his transformation from fat to fit, which clearly shows that his fat belly and the double chin in the film are all real because he is shown topless in this video clip. Aamir Khan chose to film the fat parts first because he would have an incentive to lose the extra weight to do the parts of the film in which he was fit. He went through a grueling exercise, weight training and diet regimen to lose the excess weight over several months. The shooting of the film was halted for several months as the crew waited for Aamir Khan to become fit again. This shows tremendous dedication and hard work on Aamir Khan's part and a very patient and understanding film crew. Aamir Khan made his impressive debut as an adult actor in the popular film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (QSQT) in 1988. Over the years, he has made many memorable films and has grown a lot as an actor. Click here for his first appearance in QSQT.     

Meaning of Gilehriyaan in the Dangal movie song

Word Gilehriyaan means squirrels in Hindi and Urdu languages. In this song, the word is used many times to describe the excited state of the young girl Geeta's heart. She feels so full of excitement and energy that her heart is hopping merrily like squirrels. As we all know, hopping squirrels certainly look cute and seem full of energy, so it is a good way to describe a young girl's state as she finds new and exciting opportunities. 

Cast of Dangal movie

Aamir Khan - Mahavir Singh Phogat (Former Wrestling champion)

Fatima Sana Shaikh - Geeta Phogat  (oldest daughter)

Sanya Malhotra - Babita Phogat (second daughter)

Zaira Wasim - Geeta Phogat (younger version)

Suhani Bhatnagar - Babita Phogat ( younger version)

Sakshi Tanvar - Mahavir Singh Phogat's wife

 Aparshakti Khurana - Mahavir Singh Phogat's nephew

The entire cast of Dangal has done a superb job in the movie. Other than the lead actor Aamir Khan, most of the cast members were not well known Bollywood actors. Fatima Sana Shaikh  and Sanya Malhotra played the roles of two daughters. Neither actress had any previous wrestling training. Both of them and Aamir Khan went through rigorous wrestling and weight training for the film and were trained by a real wrestling coach. Even child actors, Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar, who played the roles of younger versions of Geeta and Babita, were trained in wrestling. The cast also had to take language lessons to learn the dialect that is spoken in the state of Haryana in Central India. Their hard work resulted in a really good movie with realistic wrestling matches without using body doubles. Click here to see clips of their training. Fatima Sana Shaikh, who did most of the wrestling scenes in the film, got injured. She fractured her ribs and broke her ankle during the training or filming. Click here to read more details about her training and diet for the film. Aamir Khan was also hurt and collapsed after sustaining a shoulder injury during a long action sequence. This required the shooting to be halted until he recovered. Click here to read more about his injury during filming of Dangal. Sakshi Tanwar played the role of Mahavir's wife and Geeta and Babita's mother. She had relatively few lines in the movie but showed her feelings very well by using her eyes and facial expressions. She looks very authentic in her role as a woman from a small town in Haryana. Aparshakti Khurana did a convincing and entertaining role as Mahavir Singh's nephew as a supporting actor. Many of the actors had never acted in films before, so their performance in the movie was an extraordinary achievement. Unfortunately, Suhani Bhatnagar, who played the role of young Babita Phogat, died in February 2024 at the age of 19 due to a rare medical condition.  

Singer of Gilehriyaan Song from Dangal movie

The primary singer of the gilehriyaan song from Dangal movie is Jonita Gandhi with Neha Kakkar as a supporting singer. This song had to show the excitement and energy felt by a young girl as she moves through a new stage in her life. Jonita Gandhi has done a wonderful job of expressing those feelings in this lively song. Since she is also a young singer, she can relate to the sentiments of a young girl easily. Her voice and emotions are very appropriate for this song, which was filmed on a young girl in the movie.

Social impact of Dangal movie   

Dangal is a very different type of Bollywood movie. It is not a usual song and dance Bollywood movie. It is also not an Indian version of a Hollywood film as many Bollywood movies are. It is a movie that delivers a powerful and hopeful message without being preachy. A movie like Dangal can have a major social impact on Indian society where in many communities girls are considered as second class citizens and have very few opportunities in academics or sports. The situation is the same in many other countries also.  Although the real life story of the Phogat sisters can also inspire people, a movie like Dangal can reach millions of people and can help to bring a social change and create more opportunities for girls all over the world. Dangal was also commercially very successful in India and many other countries, which could encourage other filmmakers to make more meaningful movies like Dangal. 

Gilehriyaan Singer Jonita Gandhi performs live

Watch singer Jonita Gandhi as she performs the Gilehriyaan song live in concert with very few accompanying instruments. Click here to watch her live performance in which she puts in her own variations.   

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