SON RISE is set in Haryana, a strong Patriarchal society, with a highly skewed sex ratio due to rampant illegal sex determination and female foeticide. The sex ratio imbalance has led to unprecedented levels of gender crimes, ranging from bride trafficking to gang rapes.

It is in this unlikeliest place, the filmmaker finds ordinary men taking on the ‘extraordinary’ fight to change the narrative on gender equality. From a forward-thinking Sarpanch, fighting for women to enter the male-dominated arena of local-politics, to a farmer who, in an arranged marriage, decides to marry a gang rape survivor and fight for justice. Can these glimmers of a changing paradigm in SON RISE be the rays of hope we have been looking for?

Haryana, North India.

A young woman is repeatedly raped by eight men from a nearby town. The horrific ordeal turns into a case of blackmail and this continues over the next year and a half.

She confides in the humble farmer, Jitender Chattar to whom her marriage has been arranged to – warning him of her shamed status.

He will not only marry her but also fight along side with her to deliver the justice she deserves.

This is one of the real-life stories told through our film ‘SON RISE’.


THUS, one would think that it is impossible to find any signs of hope in a region with an abysmal track record like Haryana. However, we were surprised with what we found. From a forward thinking Village Chief – Sunil Jaglan, who is fighting for women to enter the male-dominated arena of local-politics, to the village bard – Vikas Haryanvi, who travels across the State condemning female foeticide through his folk music. From a Women’s Wrestling Coach – Virendra Dalal, who works tirelessly to create better opportunities for young women to participate in sports, to the Chief of the largest all-male Khap panchayat – Baljit Singh Malik, declaring a resolution to publically shame those committing gender-selective killings. Here are certain glimmers of a changing paradigm in SON RISE.