Some months ago, I heard strange rumors about a sci-fi TV series from India. It was supposed to be a heavily bluescreen-based space-opera, somewhat hilarious to the western eye. Of course, because of my obsession of all kinds of "obscure" and "campy" things from different cultures, I immediately started a research.
This series is called Antariksh: Ek Amar Katha (Space: An Eternal Story), and it started airing as recently as October 2006. Some clips can also be watched in YouTube.
Unfortunately, these episodes haven't been subtitled and I don't understand much Hindi, so I needed to resort to random websites to learn what this stuff is all about.
According to a nice article at flowtv.org, the story of the series is loosely based on Rāmāyana, one of the two major Indian epics (the other being Mahābhārata). The basic storyline: a prince who is going to become the next king of a nation/planet is expelled by his jealous relatives to some distant regions of the world/universe, after which he fights some evil demonic forces and regains his kingdom. In Antariksh, the magical Vedic setting with mantras and vimānas has been translated into a "standard" futuristic setting with lasers and spaceships.
Some big boss of Indian television says that Antariksh "is a revolutionary mix of utopian vision of justice and prosperity, which we are launching exclusively in the weekday prime-time band, for our younger viewers. It's a story full of new-age imagination that will see the use of hi-fi gadgets, which is sure to create a cult amongst them."
I'm still looking for subtitled clips, but I dare to bet this is going to be something that could reach some "cult following" even in the West. We already have (too) many Japanophile anime-zealots anyway, so it'd be fun to have some Indophiles as well.