Remember the time when you wrote ‘dumbsharas’ on the search tab when you were looking for dumb charades? No? I guess it was only me then. Dumb charades have been around to save parties from getting dull and entertaining everyone who plays it.
Admittedly, it is a game of skill and understanding. The better the bonds of understanding between you and your teammates, the higher the chance of you getting it right. This comes down to the codes, signs and gimmicks you and teammates use to decode non-verbal signs into a movie name.
Sounds tough, doesn’t it? Well, you can always make it tougher for your opponents, especially if you have a quiver full of technically challenging names to act for a dumb charade. Here are some of them that will surely have your opponents scratching their heads and marvelling at your status as the dumb charades champ! We tried most of them in-house here at POPxo. So, even if you are the biggest movie buff who has watched everything - when we say it’s tough, you better believe it.
These are some of the most popular Bollywood movies with which you can start the first few rounds of charades. A bunch of relatively known films, these are titles that will serve as strong appetisers, before you dish out your main course of tough names.
Funny, well-known and simple to act, this one will be a crowd pleaser.
Rohit Shetty’s breakthrough movie is arguably one of the funniest movies of the last two decades.
The going gets slightly tough from here with this slightly long movie name.
A hugely popular movie from the 1980s, only a few avid Naseeruddin Shah fans might remember this. That makes it a little difficult to get right.
Phone call, macchli (fish), glasses: that’s how I always act this movie.
For me, that iconic Shah Rukh Khan wave from behind the head does the trick.
This one is as easy as they get, but you’ll always have that friend who says ‘Eyeball’ instead.
The ‘Belly’ is easy to get and that’ll pretty much give away the rest of the title.
It may sound really easy, but all the best getting this one right.
Probably most of you didn’t even know that this movie existed. Are you teammates guessing the movie is Aap Ka Suroor instead?
Believe it or not, some Hollywood or British movies are often much more difficult to get right than the Hindi ones. There are a few easy ones - Jaws and Jurassic Park to name a few. However, others have words that are really tough to explain and simply fly over our heads. Take a look at these if you don’t believe me.
As usual, we’ll start with some easy ones and this Brad Pitt cult classic fits the bill. You just need to pretend you are fighting on this one.
I’m sure quite a few of your teammates might be disgusted after you show them your teeth. Apart from that, it’s an easy one to get right.
Pretend you are chopping a few veggies and stirring your make-belief pot. That should do it.
Another really simple one, you just need to make that Harry Potter scar on your forehead. Then, you just keep waiting until your friends finally guess the correct movie in the series.
The going gets tougher with this Guy Ritchie classic.
I have passed my turn every time I pulled a chit with this movie’s name. It’s too tough!
Are you thinking about doing a Neo and dodging those bullets? So are we!
The easiest way to enact this is to start with a circle and take a slice out of it. But don’t fault us if your teammates keep shouting ‘cake cake’ over and over again.
Another lesser-known movie, but easy to get right.
We just had to put this one at the end and must admit that we found this really tough to get when we sampled it in the office. Have a go!
Okay, so some of the movies in this list so far are among the popular movies that most of us are aware of. How about we take things up a notch and make it crazy difficult? These are offbeat and bizarre movies we found online that are so tough to act, it would even give its director a run for the money. All these movies exist and you can prove that running an IMBD.com search on them.
This mid-1980s movie has garnered a huge cult following ever since its release. However, we bet even Naseeruddin Shah, who acted in the film, will have a tough time cracking it.
FYI, this was Vicky Kaushal’s first Bollywood appearance! There’s a slight chance you have seen this movie as well, but can you enact it?
Yes, this movie does exist. It feels like a crazy amalgamation of random words and this movie will surely send your opponent's dumb charades stock tumbling.
This weirdly titled movie will surely leave you and your friends in fits of laughter when you try to guess it.
This one has been added by popular demand. Some of you might think it’s easy to get with the words ‘six’ and ‘feet’ in the title. However, the elusiveness of the movie leaves quite a few stumped.
We swear to the movie gods that this one well and truly exists. It was even India’s official entry to the Oscars for the Best Foreign Language Film category.
This M.F. Hussain directed movie was lost in obscurity as soon as it was released, despite starring Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit. Diehard SRK fans might just get this though.
This off-beat movie is as complicated to understand as its name itself. We’ll just wish you good luck if you end up drawing the short straw to explain this one.
The movie stars Kay Kay Menon, but even he won’t be able to save you if you get this one.
We guarantee that this one will be a laugh riot when you act it out. Juhi Chawla stars in this early 1990s drama.
If you are pulling your eyes to demonstrate this movie, shame on you!
Now, this is one genuinely good movie with a genuinely tricky name. Still, have a go!
We are flipping the pages of Bollywood history to bring you this movie from the pre-independence era. Maybe your friends will just revolt at your choice of movie.
Here’s another flick to make things even more miserable for your friends. Even we are not quite sure how to act this title.
Our pièce de résistance for this list and something that will leave everyone playing the game on the floor, rolling in uncontrollable laughter.
Sometimes, you need to step up and spice up your love life, and what better way to do that than to play slightly saucy games with your partner. So, here’s a list of naughty and romantic movies for dumb charades that will definitely get things steamy!
That’s kind of the first one that comes to mind, doesn’t it?
Go on… This one will be a tough one!
You don’t really need to act out all three words, you know.
Need we say more?!
This can turn into something hilarious, trust us!
Good luck with this one though!
No censors, no filters with this one.
Is it a movie… or is it also an idea?
This one's bound to make things a little bit dirty!
Well, you know how you’re gonna act this one out, right?
So simple. So sexy!
Not tough at all, is it?
Hint: Victoria’s Secret!
The part where Patrick Swayze lifts Jennifer Grey - that’s your cue.
That’s an adventure you could embark upon, maybe later!
So have a crack at some of the movies on this list and let us know how you fare!
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This story was updated in March 2019.