Pop diva Tina Turner will be playing a Hindu goddess in a musical in which she will also sing classical numbers in Latin and Sanskrit.

The movie, named The Goddess, is being made by New York-based Merchant-Ivory Productions.

Director Ismail Merchant told Reuters news agency he could think of no one but Tina Turner to play the part. He said her energy, her voice and her dancing are mesmerizing.

The 64-year-old Ms. Turner retired about four years ago after electrifying her fans for years in leather miniskirts. She will portray the goddess Shakti in the movie set in India and London.

In Indian mythology, Shakti is the goddess of power who takes on the form of destroyer or creator.

Last week, Ms. Turner was seen watching Hindu religious rituals in the ancient temple town of Varanasi.