‘The Lunchbox’ Casting Director Seher Aly Latif Dies in Mumbai

Travel on into the light my dearest, sweetest Seher. Nimrat Kaur, one of the leads of "The Lunchbox," tweeted: "One of the kindest, most loving people Mumbai gifted my life with. The unpredictable, ghastly shortness of life remains baffling… Await to meet you on the other side." Still trying to process this unreal news….


Goodbye Seher, I hope there is another side." Ritesh Batra, director of "The Lunchbox" and "Our Souls at Night," tweeted: "I don’t believe it, unfair parting with a kind soul and real friend.
The company produced Netflix film "Maska," Netflix series "Bhaag Beanie Bhaag" and also co-produced the sports drama "Gold," starring Akshay Kumar. Along with her associate Shivani Saran, Latif founded Mutant Films in 2016.
Latif was one of the most sought-after casting directors for international projects set in India or with a significant India component. Her casting director credits include "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and its sequel "Million Dollar Arm," as well as recent Bollywood films such as "Shakuntala Devi" and "Durgamati: The Myth."


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This is cruelty. Seher Latif is no more. Swara Bhasker, who starred in "Bhaag Beanie Bhaag, tweeted: "There are no words. So young, so much to give. It is unimaginable that we won’t see her wide smile anymore. I can’t fathom this." Can’t even utter RIP. We spoke only two weeks ago, I teased her & she laughed..
She was in her early 40s. "The Lunchbox" casting director and producer Seher Aly Latif died in Mumbai on Monday of a renal failure.


Latif's credits for casting in India include "Eat Pray Love," "Zero Dark Thirty," "McMafia," "Sense8," "Furious 7" and "The Hundred-Foot Journey."
See you on the other side." A rare friend. World cinema lost a great one. "Seher Latif. An inspiring leader. Unable to process this. First person to give me a job during difficult first years in Bombay. A kind, brilliant, empathetic artist, casting director, producer, human being.
Actor Shashank Arora ("The Elder One"), who previously worked as a casting assistant with Latif on several films including "Furious 7" and "Tigers," tweeted:
Irrfan Khan, the acclaimed male lead of "The Lunchbox," died in 2020.

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