A new Birmingham film production company is set to launch.
Rupak Mann, winner of Channel 4's Bollywood Star TV competition, has launched a public share fundraising.
Dreamfollower Productions is looking to raise up to £1.6 million. The money will be used to fund Dreamfollower's first film Swimmer.
The script is complete and the film has been in pre-production with Pooja Bhatt's Fish Eye Network company in Mumbai, India.
Dreamfollower intends to start filming later this year.
Swimmer is an Asian crossover movie set in Mumbai with English dialogue.
Rupak will play the role of an overweight, exswimming athlete who must confront her guilt about the death of her mother in order to shed almost half her body weight, reclaim her health and fitness, restore her relationship with her father and become a champion again.
Dreamfollower has strong Midlands links.
It is advised by a Birmingham-based team, led by Charles Cattaneo of Cattaneo Corporate Finance Solutions and Keith Spedding, corporate partner at Putsmans solicitors. Once the film is complete, Dreamfollower intends to premiere Swim-mer in the Midlands.
Mr Mann commented: "I was the unlikely winner of Bollywood Star but my winning should be an inspiration to anyone out there; follow your dreams and don't give up. That is the theme of our first film, Swimmer.
"I wanted to give something back to those who supported me and also to a wider audience.
"That is why the fundraising has been aimed at the general public, to give everyone a chance, for a modest subscription, to feel part of the film industry."
Inspired by the huge success and influence of Bollywood movies, Bolly-wood Star was a four-part series following Channel 4's search for the first British Bollywood star.