Movie maker Ismael Merchant has defended casting Tina Turner as a Hindu goddess in his new movie, following fervent protests from religious groups in Britain.

Protesters threatened to picket theatres showing THE GODDESS, after Turner won the role of SHAKTI, the Hindu symbol of power and energy - insisting a "sex icon" should not play the part.

But Merchant says the protests are based on misconceptions about the film.

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