- The wedding at Castello Odescalchi di Bracciano started with a Chinese tea ceremony, an Indian kalyanam and a Western wedding ceremony, and concluded with an after-party for friends and family.
Actor Anirudh Pisharody and his longtime girlfriend, filmmaker Jill V Dae got married last month at Castello Odescalchi di Bracciano, a scenic lakeside castle in Rome. The Indian American gained immense popularity as Des in the third season of the Netflix series “Never Have I Ever.” Dae is a film director and producer with shows on Amazon Prime and CBS. Vogue India reported that “the couple had a dual wedding” where both their cultures “played an important part in their union.” It started with “a Chinese tea ceremony, an Indian kalyanam and a Western wedding ceremony, and concluded with an after-party for friends and families.”
Pisharody and Dae told Vogue India that they first met at their college grocery store’s parking lot in November 2014. The next time they “bumped into each other” was at Pisharody’s Halloween weekend party. “Dae was the only one who showed up in costume despite the host’s invite explicitly forbidding them.”
A few months later, Pisharody finally asked Dad out, and after a few dates, the two realized that they “bonded over their love for cinema and film-making,” they told Vogue India. To my surprise, Anirudh was enrolled in an East Asian martial arts film class that semester. I was half-impressed and half-mad that he knew more Chinese kung fu films than I did!” Dae recalled. After graduation, they navigated a long-distance relationship until Pisharody proposed in the summer of 2019 at Hearst Castle in California. “It was a day spent surrounded by Italian art and architecture, which we both adore,” Pisharody told the magazine.
They decided to marry in Rome because of their love for the country they discovered during their trip the year before they got engaged. “But the pandemic hit and the wedding had to be postponed indefinitely,” Vogue India said, adding g that “their dream nuptials finally came to fruition with a magical weekend celebration in the Italian capital that married their Indian and Chinese roots with their global upbringing.”
Pisharody is the co-founder of Black Velvet Films,” a full-service production company aimed at creating compelling narrative projects in the feature sphere,” according to his LinkedIn profile. He was also part of the healthcare PEFA group at Berkeley Research Group, where he worked on a variety of projects both within and related to healthcare private equity. Before that, he worked as a research assistant University of Texas, from where he graduated with a B.S. in Public Health. He later earned a certificate in film cinema and video studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.