New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) A special anthem, "Yeh Dilli hai", capturing the essence of the capital was launched here Wednesday for the first edition of the Delhi International Film Festival (DIFF) 2012, to be held here starting Dec 21.
The song, penned by Rani Malik, and sung and composed by Ravinder Singh, was launched in the presence of veteran actress Sharmila Tagore, who will receive during the fest the lifetime achievement award for her contribution to cinema.
"Yeh Dilli hai" is a peppy number, and its video features key areas of the capital, including Qutub Minar, Jantar Mantar and Lutyen's Delhi. It also features new facets of the city - the metro and the Buddh International Circuit.
"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," Ram Kishore Parcha, senior film journalist and president of DIFF, said here.
Sharmila was impressed with the song too.
"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," she said.
The video of the song, Sharmila said, was "modestly created". Nevertheless, it was worthy of appreciation, she added.
DIFF 2012, which will conclude Dec 27, will showcase a mix of 174 films from 32 countries. Centenarian Zoya Sehgal will be conferred the Minar-e-Dilli award at the extravaganza, which is scheduled to host a melange of filmmakers from across the world.