“I PLEDGE to screen a viewing of my documentary film ‘Daughters Of Mother India’ focusing on the issue of gender violence in India, to Vogue’s circle of influencers and thought leaders to become agents of change.”
“The one thing I realized after spending time with the Police is that what they think is a reflection of how our society thinks. If society thinks that domestic violence is a ‘gharelu’ matter, then the Police will too. During the making of ‘Daughters of Mother India’ I was able to see a human side to the Police.”
Film maker Vibha Bakshi talks about India after Nirbhaya and the changes she witnessed first hand in spirit and law while filming‘Daughters of Mother India’.
Present at the recent TEDxWalled City 2015 in the city, Ted speaker Vibha Bakshi, director/producer of the film that won the National Award addressed the audience regarding the need for gender equality. The 62nd National Award-winning documentary titled Daughters of Mother India had not just received accolades, but hearts of the people worldwide.
The tsunami that did sweep the nation has been captured by filmmaker Vibha Bakshi in her film Daughters of Mother India. A film that gets lawmakers, law enforcers, social workers and community groups to speak out. It’s naïve to expect immediate change (even as the outrage was spilling onto the streets, other equally heinous rapes took place elsewhere in the country), but it is the duty of the people who have the means and power to communicate to see to it that the conspiracy of silence ends forever.
New Delhi : Notwithstanding the outcry and ban imposed on screening of British filmmaker Leslee Udwin’s film, ‘India’s Daughter,’ another film on the same theme of Delhi gang rape and with an almost identical title has been adjudged the “best film on social issues” in the 62nd national film awards announced early this week, and there have been no protests.
We all have the power to change our collective perceptions. We all have roles to play. As the mother of two sons, I will teach them to respect women and not pass on to them the misplaced notions of masculinity that plague many of our country’s men. These are the small changes that will cumulatively add up to a change in perception over a generation or two. Men need to be part of the movement as well. We often feel helpless about our sexist, violent realities, but the truth is that we all have the potential to be agents of change.
Guest columnist Vibha Bakshi
Four hundred cops from the Mumbai Police along with two of its most flamboyant officers, Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria and ATS Chief Himanshu Roy, came together at the premiere of‘Daughters of Mother India’ a film that chronicles that aftermath of the horrific rape and murder of a 23-year-old medical intern on December 16, 2012.
So why was Bakshi’s film okay and Udwin’s clearly wasn’t? In a word, sensationalism. That’s the accusation from the government, the media, and from Bakshi herself when it comes to India’s Daughter. Udwin’s inclusion of an interview with one of the rapists is what reportedly pushed the film out of acceptable territory. Instead, Bakshi chose to “sensitize” audiences towards the issue of rape in India, focusing on police and judicial reform.
As part of Vogue India’s ongoing social awareness initiative dedicated to women’s empowerment, Vogue Empower, the publication supported the screening of the film “Daughters of Mother India” by filmmaker Vibha Bakshi. As Vogue India editor Priya Tanna says, “The idea is to engage with Vogue’s circle of influencers and thought leaders to become our pledge-makers, our agents of change. We want them to mobilise people to think, talk and act in ways that highlight and draw attention to women’s empowerment.”
For the first time ever Mr. Rakesh Maria Mumbai Police Commissioner, State Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Himanshu Roy along with 300 senior most police personals and topnotch corporates came together for the screening of a special documentary ‘Daughters of Mother India’ by Vibha Bakshi. A biopic that delves into the facets that stirred a nation to unite for a cause post the Nirbhaya tragedy. Daughters of Mother India is not just a documentary, but a catalyst for change!
The brutal Delhi rape of 23-year old physiotherapy intern Nirbhaya by six men on a moving bus is an incident that will remain in our memory for a long time. We often wonder what happened post the incident, what are the officials doing, has there been any change, is it even possible to make or expect any change? Building on this concern and the outrage she felt, Vibha Bakshi, a filmmaker, decided to peep into Delhi, the city where the Nirbhaya incident occurred and translate it into a hard hitting documentary, ‘Daughters of Mother India’.