Casting director Seher Aly Latif, best known for her work on films such as “The Lunchbox” and “Durgamati,” died on Monday of a cardiac arrest, her partner and director Neeraj Udhwani said. He was about 40 years old. He was also one of the founders of the independent production company Mutant Films, Latif sponsored the Netflix series “Bhaag Beanie Bhaag,” starring Swara Bhasker, and “Maska,” starring Manisha Koirala as a streaming service.
Udhwani, who ran the “Mask,” said Latif was admitted to Lilavati Hospital eight days ago due to kidney failure.
“There was an infection that caused kidney failure. He was admitted last weekend. He was on antibiotics and was recovering. But today he had a cardiac arrest and all of a sudden it’s over,” the filmmaker told PTI.
Latif was known for his extensive work as a casting director on projects such as the mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan’s “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” starring Dev Patel; “Viceroy’s House” from the time of filmmaker Gurinder Chadha and Bhumi Pednekar’s feature film “Durgamati”.
Kathryn Bigelow’s international “Zero Dark Thirty,” Julia Roberts ’“ Eat Pray Love, ”Netflix’s“ Sense8 ”series, Showtime spying was the Indian Casting association of famous international projects like the fourth season of the“ Homeland ”thriller. BBC One / AMC series, “McMafia”.
Nimrat Kaur, who starred in “Lunchbox” and “Homeland,” took to Twitter to pay tribute to Latif.
“One of the nicest and most lovable people in Mumbai gave me my life. Still trying to process this unreal news … Travel to the light of my dear and sweetest Seher. The surprise and the terrible lack of life remains confusing. We know you on the other side,” Kaur wrote. .
Filmmaker Ritesh Batra, who directed the acclaimed drama “The Lunchbox” in 2013, shared Kaur’s tweet and said he was shocked to learn of Latif’s past. “I don’t believe in unjustly disintegrating with a kind soul and a true friend. Goodbye Seher, I hope there is another side,” Batra wrote.
Actress Nikita Dutta “Mask” posted a photo with Latif to remember him. “Heaven will bless you with your hugs and contagious smiles. You still can’t understand that,” Dutta wrote.
“Hi #SeherLatif so amazing casting director, producer and wonderful person. We went too early. Thank you for your film heritage. God bless you,” co-director Tess Joseph Casting posted.
Latif was also retained as executive producer on films such as “Shakuntala Devi” starring Vidya Balan and Akshay Kumar’s “Gold” (2018).
Latifen’s husband and her parents live there.