Sharmila Tagore Flags Off First Delhi International Film Festival

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Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore at a press conference for 1st Delhi International Film Festival in New Delhi.
Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore at a press conference for 1st Delhi International Film Festival in New Delhi.

[imagebrowser id=234] NEW DELHI: Sharmila Tagore, noted veteran Bollywood actress and widow of late Nawab of Pataudi, Mansoor Ali Khan aka Tiger Pataudi, was in the Capital city recently to flag off the first ever Delhi International Film Festival.

Sharmila was a vision in peachy pink, as she spoke at the press conference to launch the Delhi International Film Festival. She spoke at length about the need for a film festival in Delhi, which sees a lot of film-based activity. And more so because it is a city of film-buffs.

And film and music fans were in for a big treat, with the launch of a special anthem, ‘Yeh Dilli hai’, which captures the essence of the capital was launched at the first edition of the Delhi International Film Festival (DIFF) 2012, to be held here starting Dec 21.

Ram Kishore Parcha, senior film journalist and president of DIFF, said “We have never had a song for Delhi per se. Through this anthem, we have tried to give a song to our city. It is a very rhythmic number and will make people tap their feet at once.”

Sharmila agreed with Parcha, and added, “I like the way Mr. Parcha was so enthusiastic about the song and when he said, ‘It will make everyone tap their feet’, I thought it was quite an exaggeration. But I liked the song. It shows the passion behind it.”

Sharmila Tagore praised the video too, saying it was “modestly created”. Nevertheless, it was worthy of appreciation, she added.

DIFF 2012, which will conclude on December 27 this year, will showcase an amalgam of 174 films from 32 countries. Centenarian and veteran actress Zoya Sehgal will be conferred the Minar-e-Dilli award at the extravaganza, which is scheduled to play host an eclectic mix of filmmakers from around the world.