Legendary singer Tina Turner, known for her powerful voice and iconic songs like “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” recently passed away at the age of 83 in her Switzerland home. Turner had a deep connection with India and had visited the country with the intention of exploring a role as ‘The Goddess’ in a film. She expressed her desire to reinvent herself and embark on a new kind of performance.
Turner’s Fascination with ‘The Goddess’ Project
During an interview in 2004, Turner spoke passionately about the film project titled “The Goddess” and its cosmic energy. She was drawn to the concept of Shakti, the universal feminine energy, which is manifest in various forms such as Kali, Durga, and Mother Mary. Turner saw the film as an opportunity to celebrate this energy and convey its significance to a global audience.
Challenges Faced and Objections Raised
Despite Turner’s enthusiasm for the project, it faced opposition from right-wing elements in India who objected to her portrayal of an Indian goddess. The film, to be made under Merchant-Ivory Productions, was unable to proceed due to Ismail Merchant’s sudden death in 2005 after a surgery. Merchant, the filmmaker behind the project, had envisioned Turner as the embodiment of Shakti after being inspired by her performance at Radio City Music Hall.
Turner’s Impact and Legacy
While Turner’s dream of portraying ‘The Goddess’ in an Indian film remained unfulfilled, her association with India left a lasting impact. Her music continues to inspire fans worldwide, and her journey from an abusive relationship to music superstardom is a testament to her resilience. Turner’s passing is mourned by music composer Vishal Dadlani and many others who recognize her personal and artistic contributions.
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