“She was probably the most light, uncommon, loving individuals, who was additionally very terrific at her work,” that’s how actor Nimrat Kaur recollects casting director Seher Aly Latif, who handed away in Mumbai on Monday. “Seher would champion uncommon expertise, and was so forward of her time. What she did with casting 10 years in the past, is what individuals are doing now,” says Kaur of Latif, who had picked the latter for the position of Ila Sehgal in The Lunchbox (2013). Latif was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai a few week in the past after a cardiac arrest, and handed away on Monday owing to renal failure.
Apart from The Lunchbox, her casting credit embrace 2020 movies Shakuntala Devi and Maska. Other than scouting expertise for the Hindi movie trade, she had additionally labored on a number of worldwide initiatives. Worldwide present McMafia (2018) credit Latif for ‘Indian Casting’ for 5 of its episodes. Her different notable initiatives embrace Sense 8 (2017, 20 episodes), Quick and the Livid (2017) and Zero Darkish Thirty (2012).
“I knew her from my modelling days, and we each type of hailed from the identical metropolis. She was from Noida, the place my dad and mom additionally keep. We had been confidantes and pals. For The Lunchbox, she made the director of the movie (Ritesh Batra) come and watch a few my performs. She was the voice in his ear when he was in search of a contemporary face for the movie. Seher was instrumental in making that occur for me. I owe a giant a part of my working life to her in that means,” provides Nimrat Kaur, “I used to be supposed to maneuver to a spot near her’s. We had been fairly excited to be neighbours. She is gone too younger and too quickly.”
Lately, Seher Aly Latif had additionally turned producer with Manisha Koirala-starrer Maska, which streamed on Netflix. The opposite undertaking she helmed as a producer was Bhaag Beanie Bhaag, a present that had actor Swara Bhasker and American actor of Indian origin Ravi Patel within the lead roles.
Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who was forged for McMafia by Latif, took to Twitter to mourn her demise. “Actually unhappy to listen to the demise of an excellent Casting Director & a extremely wonderful buddy. Working along with her was all the time enjoyable. Relaxation in Peace #seherlatif @smwhtlatelatif,” he wrote on the microblogging website.