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Hollywood beckons herbal queen

From transforming ugly ducklings into delectably beautiful women to now becoming the most-sought-after personality in the international arena, Shahnaz Husain has come a long way. Now one of the Hollywood big guns is reportedly keen to make a film with our beauty expert! In a freewheeling chat with MADHUR TANKHA, she reveals it all and more... .

SHE HAS got everything one could possibly dream of - looks and lucre and whatever else brings happiness in life, a smile to one's face. And now one of the top guns of Hollywood is obsequiously trying to convince her to give her nod to his offer of acting in a film based on the life of Moghul empress Noorjehan. And hold your heart, British agent 007, Pierce Brosnan, who has been voted as the most debonair man in the world is supposed to act opposite her!

Yes, Shahnaz Husain, synonymous with the sobriquet of herbal beauty czarina, is flying off to Hollywood on a mission to tread on unchartered territory. She will be first travelling to San Diego trade fair and then to Hollywood.

Hold your breath. There is a suspense here. One is not sure whether Ms Husain is flying off to the U. S. with her entire bag and baggage as the film shooting would require a minimum of six months. Husain, who is widely-acclaimed to be a shrewd businesswoman, claims that she has been offered the title role of Noorjehan in a Hollywood flick but hasn't made up her mind whether to say yes to the possibly extravagantly mounted film on the life of the enchanting lady who was adored by Moghul emperor, Jehangir and whose name and life is firmly entrenched in people's memory.

Associate producer, Mantoshe Singh was in New Delhi recently to persuade Shahnaz Husain to come over to America to start off the film.

For an enterprising businesswoman, with no histrionic track record to recommend her candidature, it would possibly be daunting task to carry the whole film revolving around her character on her now weary shoulders. Shahnaz says: "I will be taking a final decision whether to give my creative energies a go or follow my business instincts. I have been offered seven million dollars but will be deciding it in Hollywood only".

The lady, who bears quite a resemblance with the late English novelist, Barbara Cartland, is in two minds - to sign or not to sign. Taking the plunge will mean half a year away from home - and office - which may not be a sound business decision.

At a time when business around the globe is on the downswing, specially after September 11 attack on World Trade Tower, Husain, who possesses great business acumen, has another ace up her sleeve. Not content to sit back and relax, her team at Shahnaz Husain Group in New Delhi has come out with its newest offering -- the revolutionary oxygen cream and oxygen mask. After gruelling research these formulations have seen light of the day and are essentially meant to revitalise the skin, restoring health and enhancing its beauty.

Targeting teenagers and teenyboppers, this efficacious oxygen skin treatment cream has been brought about to resuscitate life into the skin in the form of oxygen. Ingredients used in this cream are powerful herbal extracts of amar bael, durba, babchi and wheatgerm. To augment oxygen content of this cream and heighten skin's natural absorption abilities botanical extracts have been used. The anti-bacterial and germicidal action of the cream also helps in keeping bacteria at bay and gives protection to the skin from pimples, spots and other blemishes. All the ingredients are rich in minerals and natural vitamins, providing ideal nourishment and bringing visible health, vitality and beauty to the skin.

Oxygen mask, not to be confused with Hollywood icon's Jim Carrey, "The Mask", is an amalgamation of oxygen and botanical energy. The mask is enriched with pure natural ingredients like rose, sandalwood, honey and wheat-germ oil.

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