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The Lunchbox casting director Seher Aly Latif dies

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Published: 14:17, 8 June 2021  
The Lunchbox casting director Seher Aly Latif dies

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Seher Aly Latif, a Mumbai based casting director and producer known for her work in films like The Lunchbox, Viceroy's House and Netflix series Bhaag Beanie Bhaag, died on Monday after suffering a cardiac arrest, reports The Hindustan Times.

Casting director Seher died on Monday due to cardiac arrest, her associate and director Neeraj Udhwani said.

She was in her early 40s, the report said.

Also the co-founder of independent production company Mutant Films, Seher backed the Netflix series Bhaag Beanie Bhaag, starring Swara Bhasker, and Maska, a film for the streaming service which featured Manisha Koirala.

Neeraj, who directed Maska, said Seher was admitted to Lilavati Hospital eight days ago due to kidney failure.

"There was some infection, which caused renal failure. She was admitted last weekend. She was on antibiotics and was recovering. But today she suffered a cardiac arrest and suddenly it was all over," the filmmaker told PTI.

Seher was known for her extensive work as a casting director on projects like mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan's biopic The Man Who Knew Infinity, starring Dev Patel; filmmaker Gurinder Chadha's period film Viceroy's House and Bhumi Pednekar-fronted drama feature Durgamati.

She was the Indian casting associate for acclaimed international projects like the Kathryn Bigelow feature directorial Zero Dark Thirty, Julia Roberts-starrer Eat Pray Love, the Netflix series Sense8, season four of the Showtime espionage thriller Homeland and the BBC One/AMC series, McMafia.

Nimrat Kaur, who starred in The Lunchbox and Homeland, took to Twitter to pay tributes to Seher.

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

Seher is survived by husband and her parents.