Emojis are the cool new-age language of feelings and expressions! From cute smiles to fiery frowns, these little icons have become our go-to way of expressing emotions. With each emoji holding its special meaning, we’ve replaced words with playful faces. No wonder we have become so hooked on these tiny digital wonders! On World Emoji Day, &TV actors talk about their favourite emoticons and their impact on modern culture. These include Manisha Arora (Mahua, Doosri Maa), Gazal Sood (Kate Singh, Happu Ki Ultan Paltan), and Vidisha Srivastava (Anita Bhabi, Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai). Manisha Arora, aka Mahua from Doosri Maa, shares, “In the era of social media, conveying our emotions through emoticons has become enjoyable. These fun facial icons are a blessing for someone like me who prefers not to type lengthy messages. However, I remember a time when using emoticons wasn’t as straightforward. I would send a jumble of emojis in a single reply, oblivious to their specific meanings, often leaving my friends confused and frustrated. Once, when my friends organised a group trip, I excitedly shared a mix of six or seven emojis, including laughter, tears, hearts, and sadness (laughs). They couldn’t decipher whether I wanted to join the trip or couldn’t participate, resulting in disappointment. Initially, expressing myself through emojis was a challenge, but I gradually improved and now consider myself an expert.” If you browse through my chats, you’ll notice that most of my emotions are conveyed through emojis. One of my favourites is the tears of joy emoji. As an emotional person, I tend to shed joy when I hear good news. However, it’s important to use emojis responsibly. There was an occasion when I mistakenly sent the tears of joy emoji during a sad moment, prompting me to apologise and correct my mistake through text. That day, I realised the significance of using words appropriately, and I learned that emojis should be used with caution, depending on the situation and topic at hand.”
Gazal Sood, aka Kate Singh from Happu Ki Ultan Paltan, shares, “Emojis have become deeply embedded in our culture, reaching even those who struggle with spelling. Take my mother, for example. Instead of typing out lengthy messages, she conveys her feelings through emojis that indicate she’s not feeling well or is sad. Whenever I receive such emojis, I understand that she needs my presence and immediately call her. Similarly, when I long for her, I send a sad face emoji paired with a heart, and she knows I miss her dearly. These emoticons have transformed into a language of love for me. Among the various emojis, my favourite is the blush-on-cheeks emoji, which I use frequently. Its delightful appearance and warm essence make the recipient feel comfortable and welcome, so I use it often. Emojis have undeniably added visual charm to the world of texting, enhancing our communication experience.” Vidisha Srivastava, aka Anita Bhabi in &TV’s Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai, shares, “I simply cannot communicate without emojis and gifs. I am very expressive and vibrant, so I prefer emojis to bring liveliness and engagement to my texts and discussions. Whether light-hearted or serious chat, emojis and gifs are a fun way to express and make the conversation lively. Among my cherished emojis is the heart eyes emoji. Its affectionate, cheerful, and exhilarating nature aligns perfectly with my belief that conversations should exude positivity and uplift the reader’s spirits. Emojis can lighten the mood and remind us not to take life too seriously. Emojis have become an integral aspect of my existence in online communication, transforming conversations into a more playful and enjoyable experience. That’s precisely why I hold such adoration for their usage.”
Tune in to Doosri Maa at 8:00 pm, Happu Ki Ultan Paltan at 10:00 pm, and Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai at 10:30 pm, airing every Monday to Friday only on &TV!