World Emoji Day: Here are emojis that get celebs talking
In this age of instant communication, one thing that has emerged as the biggest trend is the use of emoticons, or emojis to convey feelings. The fast and furious generation is over slangs now; ‘tis the age of cute buttons and stickers that can emote. According to reports, 157 new emojis were added to the existing list this year by Unicode Consortium—the international body enables people to use computers in any language. With such demand and use of emojis, anthropologists and meme-makers have gone on to say (in jest, of course) that we are returning to the age of hieroglyphs—when people used drawing and visuals to communicate. And today being World Emoji Day, we got some celebs to talk about the most-used emojis in their chats, and the emoji they like to use when they are annoyed. Check out how those, who emote on-screen, emote off of it with their favourite emojis!
Known for her power-packed performances in films like Masaan (2015) and the Fukrey series, Chadha uses the smiling-face-hug emoji. And when she is just not in the mood, she sends a poop emoji or the emoji with tape around its mouth with hash and dollar keys. Moreover, she does have a few favourite emojis, which include the laughing emoji with tears in its eyes. “These are my favourite emojis because they are cute and depict the emotions correctly,” she says.
The Moroccan-Canadian actor, who is known for her roles in the Baahubali films, likes the dancing lady in red emoji. “The emoji I like using the most is the dancing lady in red! It’s my favourite because sometimes I feel I resemble the emoji in a funny way,” she says. And when she wants to emote annoyance, she just rolls her eyes with the emoji. “In reality I do the same thing when I’m annoyed with someone and make the same eye rolling expression so I find it hilarious that someone can read my message and imagine my facial expressions at the same time. Because anyone who knows me will know my annoyed look is this,” she says.
The Sacred Games actor is always grateful for what she has and the folded hands emoji is the most-used in her chats. “I use this a lot. My life has turned around in the last week. Even before that, gratitude allows acceptance and joy in little things. It is important to celebrate the little things in life. Even criticism can be appreciated with,” she says. And when she is ticked off, she simply makes an exit using a facepalm emoji. “I don’t dwell upon how silly people are or why. The facepalm just conveys my disappearance from the situation,” she says.
Amyra, who made her debut with Issaq (2013), deploys a very diplomatic emoji—the smiley— when she wants to leave a conversation she is not interested in. “It’s mostly because I don’t want to continue a conversation and so the smiley is my way of saying good bye and then not replying or reading the next few messages,” she shares. When she is put off by someone, she uses the emoji with the tape around its mouth and hash and dollar keys. “I find myself using it most on family chats because my mom or cousin sisters start nagging me about something or the other,” she reveals. Her most favourite emoji, however, is the one with sunglasses. “To me it just means swag or cool. Whenever someone compliments me I simply reply with [this emoji]. It gives me a weird kick to do that because I know they have no idea of what to reply after seeing this,” she says.
The 26-year old actor, who has acted in films like Half Girlfriend (2017) and Sonali Cable (2014), likes to use the rainbow emoji. “I feel like it’s my constant state of mind -happiness,” says Rhea. And what’s her go-to emoji for when she is annoyed? Why, it is the skull with two bones, one. “Messing with me is dangerous, lol,” she says.
The music composer duo behind hits like Saibo (Shor In The City, 2011) and Disco Disco (A Gentleman, 2017) are one-emoji-many-emotions people. Sachin Sanghavi likes using the rock-roll emoji to convey a variety of emotions. “It stands for greetings, acknowledgement, appreciation, gratitude, brotherhood—all in one. Also notice the inherent coolness and the swag,” he says. Jigar Saraiya, on the other hand, uses the folded hands emoji to express many things. “It covers everything depending on the context of a conversation. Thank you, Pranaam, bahot ho gaya, Thank you (sarcastic),” he says.
Another emoji Sanghavi loves using is the hugs smiley. “A hug is the best gesture of love and harmony. And I am all about the hug. If I love something someone did or if I love someone, I like to express myself and most often I do it with a hug,” he says.
The voice behind hits like Saturday Saturday (Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, 2014) and Iski Uski (2 States, 2014), Akriti Kakar likes using the red heart emoji, and the tilted laughing emoji with tears in eyes. “Love, laughter and music go hand-in-hand for me. Most people who know me, know that it’s either all unconditional love for me or just sheer vacuum. So mostly everyone & everything I love gets a [heart] from me. Be it a song, a stunning bag, a scenic place or a yummy plate of food. And [the laughing emoji] because whenever I laugh, it’s like an uncontrollable fit. I don’t laugh like a demure girl ever. And I’m quite proud of it,” she adds. The singer gives a thumbs-up when she is annoyed. “I don’t like arguments so I feel it’s the best way to end a conversation if I’m annoyed and don’t want to get more riled up. So if you received [thumbs-up] ever while chatting with me, you now know I was pissed off,” she says.
Neil Nitin Mukesh
Neil Nitin Mukesh, who, after having proved his mettle with films like Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) and New York (2009), uses the kissing emoji. “I am not conscious of using this emoticon for just my closed loved ones. I use it for all mixed with a hug [emoji]. I feel love is something one needs to spread and in the day and age of technology one has anyways become very dry with emotions. So just to make sure that there is a smile on the readers’ face I like adding these two as a constant,” he says. The actor also likes having fun with those he chats with the goofy, tilted face laughing emoji. “This is my favourite. Only for those who understand my sense of humour,” he shares. But those who annoy him in earnestness get blocked, but for the mildly-annoying ones, he uses the red-faced angry emoji. “I end up using the angry face, and if it continues then it’s [the zipped-mouth emoji]. It means if you are not going to shut up, I will and then it’s BLOCK TIME,” he says.
The actor, who is quite vocal about his personal life, is ever grateful. The emojis Prateik likes using the most are the red heart and folded hands. “They are my favourite because they symbolise love and respect. We need more of both in this world,” he says. And when it comes to sending across a message to those who annoy him, he doesn’t mince emotions. “When I am annoyed. I straight up use the middle finger,” he says. But he also send the middle finger emoji to his friends in good-hearted humour. “My buds and I are always making fun of each other and sending each other the finger...like always all day,” he adds.
The Baahubali actor likes using the smirking face emoji if someone annoys her. And her favourite is the shoulder shrug emoji. “I think it’s my natural expression for a lot of things,” she says.
“My most favourite and most used is the smiley which represents an angel. I also use a lot of ‘star’ one. When I am annoyed, I end up using that purple devil,” says actor Juhi Chawla.
“I very often use the emoji of the monkey closing its eyes and the one I use when I am angry is the straight face one,” says actor Taapsee Pannu.
Shilpa Shetty Kundra
“I usually use the ‘crazy eyed’ emojis in my conversation. Whenever I am upset, I would often use the red faced one or the rolling eyes emoji,” says actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra.
“I use the eyes closed monkey emoji and rolling eyes emoji as they convey the message in a cute way. And when I am annoyed, I use the angry red face emoji as it states the current mindset and conveys the message very clearly,” says actor Varun Sharma.
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