Tina Turner Back to Play Shakti in The Goddess

August 2nd, 2010 - 8:00 pm ICT by Sampurn Wire  

August 2, 2010 (Sampurn Wire): Six years back, Ismail Merchant’s Ivory Productions had undertaken a film project, The Goddess. Tina Turner, the “Queen of Rock “n’ Roll’, was roped in to portray the lead character Shakti, a Hindu Goddess. Since the US based director breathed his last following a surgery in 2005, the project had been shelved.

However, the film supposed to be a musical comedy has been taken off the shelf after a long period of six years. Ustad Zakir Hussain, the table maestro of international repute, is the sole composer of the film’s music album that consists of Sanskrit, Hindi, and English songs. It is Turner who had lent her voice to all of the songs for the movie.

Matthew Modine too was supposed to be part of the cast of the movie. The film dealing with the supernatural is about Shakti, a goddess, who possesses unusual power to control the present, past, and future. The influence of Goddess Shakti on three Indians and a painter is the kernel of the movie set in ancient India.

“I got a call from the producers 10 days ago, and it seems they are taking it out of cold storage and trying to get it going”, reveals Zakir Hussain throwing light on the revival of the project. The musician is in doubt if the pop diva will be acting in the film. Ismail Merchant had once made a statement: “I think she is natural; the greatest gift we have received in the world of music and dance. In real life, she’s a Goddess.”

– Sampurn Wire

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