Jan 16, 200608:35 AMThe Life
Jan 16, 2006 - 08:35 AMPalm Springs investment banker Brad Listermann met Indian film star Kashmera Shah on the Internet, and the couple eventually turned their unusual love story into a screenplay. They were kind enough to spend a few minutes with me on Saturday night, just before the world premiere of their movie, My Bollywood Bride:
How did you two find each other online?
Kashmera: I found him! My friend was looking at some dating websites, and Brad had just listed himself. So I wrote to him.
Brad: And when she contacted me, I was absolutely shocked that this beautiful Indian actress had written. But I thought she was only half-serious, and that it could never work, her being on the other side of the world. So I didn't respond as soon as some other people. Usually, guys were chasing her.
Kashmera: Three of them. But he didn't write, and that upset me. [Smiles wryly at Brad, who winks back.]
Brad: I didn't think it was realistic, but we became online messenger buddies, and one day - Cupid just hit us. We talked for twenty-four hours straight. After that, all we could think about was each other. So we decided to meet in Seattle, on neutral ground, at the home of one of her friends. And the rest is history.
Kashmera: Yes, we met and got married. After two days, actually.
Really? Two days?!
Brad: We had planned to take a week to get to know each other, chaperoned, maybe drive down to L.A. Then I said, "Look Kashmera, you'll go back to your life afterwards, I'm gonna go back to mine, and we'll never know. It'll be really difficult to make it work. So we can do that original plan, or maybe we can just go the other direction on this highway." (We were at the side of the road when this happened.) "If we drive toward Vegas and get married, maybe it will work."
Kashmera: So that's what we did.
How long have you been married?
Kashmera/Brad [simultaneously]: Four and a half years.
Listen to Brad and Kashmera talk about their movie, which costars Jason Lewis (Samantha's boy toy on "Sex and the City").