Towards the end of the 1980s, came a television serial that would change the face of Indian TV.
Ramanand Sagar's Ramayana, billed as the world's most viewed mythological series, became a household name as it entertained and amazed millions of Indians for nearly two years.
While the story of the Indian epic has been portrayed many a time through several mediums of art, very few have managed to become successful.
And now two filmmakers from the United States, Sean Graham and Vineet Sinha, are attempting to make a live action short film called "The Ramayan" on the lines of the successful American TV series "Game of Thronesâ€ť or the blockbuster movie "Lord of the Rings".
â€śWe want the Ramayan to appeal to the global audience, to people back in the States, Australia, China, Sri Lanka and others; and for that we are shooting the Ramayana with an all Indian crew. It will be shot in English but will also be dubbed in various languages as well as in 20 other global languages,â€ť Vineet Sinha, who is a co-director and is Indian, told The Bayside Journal.
The duration of the film will be about 22 minutes and the crew will make use of the latest technology to shoot it.
The makers have started an online crowdfunding campaign for their project and aim to raise Rs 50 lakh.
"Itâ€™s a story known by billions of people around the world. There have been many attempts to create films, television shows, or animated films on the Ramayan but none stand up to todayâ€™s standards. We saw a vacuum of content around this story and realized we had the opportunity to visualize the Ramayan like no one else ever had.
Now is the time. The technology is accessible, the audience is there, and we believe the world is ready to see the first English language Indian mythology on a scale of Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones," the team wrote on its website.