Veteran singer Tina Turner is coming out of retirement to an play an Indian
goddess in a new movie.
The WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT singer, who had a successful farewell
tour four years ago (00), notes that while she enjoyed being able to fill
stadiums with her shows, she wants to test her creative skills in a new
She says, "Now I'm ready to move onto another kind of performance."
The new Merchant-Ivory film, THE GODDESS, will see the 64-year-old devout
Buddhist in the title role.
She says, "I think ISMAIL (MERCHANT) chose me because of my shakti
(strength) within. I'm special in that I've had a long run and I'm still
Merchant, a producer known for making movies with director James Ivory,
says Turner has spent two weeks in India and has been practicing classical
music with ZAKIR HUSSAIN, India's maestro of the tabla, a small set of
He reveals, "She'll have to sing in Latin and Sanskrit for the film."
Turner's last major acting role was in 1985's Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
alongside Mel Gibson.