Madame Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women

“The beautiful thing about the art is that it reflects our thoughts, it changes our minds, it demonstrates our foolishness, it brings tears into our eyes but it leaves us with profound opportunity to reflect. 

UN Women is very proud to be associated with Son Rise and United Nations is proud to be a part of this journey.”

Nishtha Satyam

Deputy Country Representative, India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka

“Nothing gets to the heart the way cinema does. SON RISE is ‘Magic’ since it brings out not only voices of discrimination but of courage, of sheer strength. I am so confident that Son Rise will lay the emergency exit for gender issues that our country faces. We, at UN Women are privileged and honored to partner with Vibha Bakshi on her film SON RISE.”

Congratulations Vibha Bakshi for presenting us with such a rare and powerful film – SON RISE. The least we could do as the audience was to give a full house standing ovation to you and the brave men and women of Haryana in fighting gender inequality.

Bhupatray Shashank
Former Foreign Secretary, India

Harinder Baweja

~ Features Editor and Veteran war journalist Hindustan Times

SON RISE – the film makes you cry and fills you with pride at the same time and that is no mean achievement. More power to you Vibha!


First time a film featured in the prestigious Hindustan Times 360° Campaign series let’s talk about #SON RISE

Pinky Reddy

~President, FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO)

“Gender balance can be achieved by engaging men in their initiatives to ensure equality for women in the society. FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) is proud to extend its all India support to the United Nations (UN) HeForShe campaign and Vibha Bakshi’s latest documentary film ‘Son Rise’ which has men as heroes for gender rights.

Amit Chandra


SON RISE : India’s fight for what’s right for its women & girls: Had the privilege to see this amazing documentary made by Vibha Bakshi on this hugely important topic. Set inside the heartlands of Haryana, it tells the amazing stories of brave men who have endured incredible odds to fight for what’s right for women and girls and become role models in the process…doing so simply because it was the right thing to do.

Heeral Ingle


Son Rise is a step towards discussion, thinking, talking about issues more openly in each household, neighborhood, everywhere. I hope this is a revolution India needs desperately. Many Congratulations to the entire cast & crew. It was indeed a hard hitting movie.

Mallika Kapur

~CNN Producer, Anchor, Correspondent covering Business news

Vibha Bakshi has outdone herself. What a movie! Son Rise Amazing!

Tara Sharma


Vibha Bakshi take a bow! Such an important #film on #genderequality and so refreshing to see not just #women and #girls fights for justice but to also touchingly show the amazing, sensitive and strong #men who fight for those women’s rights too.

Alex Kuruvilla

~Condé Nast India’s Managing Director

Son Rise is a triumph of storytelling, social impact and exquisite craftsmanship. The idea of making men the protagonists was a master stroke! It was a labour of love and the results were there for everyone to see A true encore to follow Daughters of Mother India!

Anuj Kumar

~Features Editor

Vibha Bakshi’s ‘Son Rise’ shows the ray of hope in the fight for gender equality in Haryana

‘Son Rise’ starts with disturbing visuals that capture how deep patriarchy is rooted in Haryana, how illegal sex-selective abortions are still prevalent in parts of the State, described as kudimaar (girl-killing) districts by a courageous government doctor in the film. But before you could ask, what’s new, director Vibha Bakshi introduces us to a few good men who are working for gender equality and are helping women to overcome the trauma of violence.

Aisha de Sequeira

~CEO Morgan Stanley

Vibha Bakshi’s incredible documentary Son Rise brings the message for an urgent need for us to act NOW through the stories of incredible men who are leading the change.

Vibha – only you could have brought this story of injustice and hope together. The end was no fairy tale. There is a lot to be done. Thank you – it’s not something we should forget tomorrow.

Manisha Nanda

~Academia. Dhirubhai Ambani International School

#SonRise – a gender rights documentary film by Vibha Bakshi. Many of us just read about, discuss or reflect about the issue! Very few have the guts to walk the talk! Hats off to you Vibha! A must watch by every Indian!

Roshika Kumari Singh

~IFC – International Finance Corporation

Son Rise’ an incredible documentary covering today’s reality in Haryana, India of female foeticide, gender based violence and a patricharchal system that is only just starting to change. Recognising the champions of change and building awareness of frightening realities that are often kept hidden. Difficult issues eloquently explained…a must watch! Take a bow Vibha! 

Neeraj Kumar

~ Commissioner of Police Delhi during Nirbhaya’s rape and murder trial. 

SON RISE is going to catapult you into the stratosphere of name and fame, please mark my words. My best wishes to the team of SON RISE to make this film into a global movement.

Twitter team

“Gender equality and parity is an important subject we support, we are pleased to partner with Vibha Bakshi and UN Women on the SON RISE movement as part of the larger #HeForShe initiative.”

Sandip Pal

~Editorial Team, Desi Martini

SON RISE: Amidst Anguish, Tainted Providence And A Fragile Hope Of Evolution- Son Rise is an intense, compelling and a facund portrayal of why things are the way they are!

Gender inequality is a hot topic for any discourse – Never ending arguments ensue, dissentient voices are raised, and matter of fact justifications are also provided. But come to think of it what is the use of it all until one gets to the root cause of the predicament and examines the prime mover of things? Vibha Bakshi has done just that!

Mahesh Dattani

~ Indian director, actor, playwright and writer

Saw the documentary Son Rise. One of the most powerful and disturbing documentary film I have seen in recent times. Yet the director Vibha Bakshi fills it with incredible hope. Beautifully shot by our Attar Singh Saini. Don’t miss!

Raell Padamsee

~-  Indian theatre personality and CEO & Managing Director of ACE Productions & Numero Uno Productions

Congratulations on such a powerful film SON RISE. The piece de resistance was having the amazing men featured in your film of on stage. Overwhelming!

Govind Sankaranarayanan

~COO Tata Capital

#SONRISE – Truly the reason why Art exists to change all of us and make the most difference.