Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones – each of these have driven fans to insane lengths when it comes to declaring their passion for these cult films. Meanwhile, in India, while certain cinema superstars have cult followings, no one movie can lay claim to doing for its fans what the world’s largest film franchises have done for theirs. Until now, that is.

Baahubali is India’s chance to throw down the gauntlet to all the other fan communities out there. The epic film from SS Rajamouli is the highest grossing film of all time in India, besides being the third highest grossing Indian film globally.

And money isn’t even the best indicator of a film’s success. If you want to understand Baahubali’s far-reaching impact on the Indian film scene, you only have to look as far as social media references of the film. We can’t remember the last time an Indian film had as much said and written about it (remember all those memes?) on social media networks as Baahubali did upon its release. The film has it all – plot, intrigue, action and characters you can really get behind and love. Everything you need to make a superhit film franchise and that seems to be the plan with Baahubali 2 set to release next week, April 28. The film’s vast army of fans is waiting with bated breath to see where the story takes us next and we’ve been mentally preparing ourselves to jump into the action and see whether all the fan theories over the last year will be proven right. It’s only a matter of time until the fan base grows exponentially with the release of the sequel and Baahubali looks set to be India’s premier film franchise and home to the country’s largest fandom.

With all these new fans jumping on the bandwagon, it’s only natural for fans who’ve stuck around since the very beginning to feel possessive of “their” film. Not to worry, though, because we have a great way for long-time fans to showcase their love for the film – what better way to establish yourself as a ‘real fan’ than to walk into a movie theatre showing Baahubali 2 while sporting official merchandise from the film?

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Not everyone wants to be a good guy. Rana Daggubati’s fierce portrayal of the Emperor Bhallala Deva earned him fans across the country. Slip into his lion sigil and show the world that you mean business.

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So, you’d rather be on Team Baahubali? We’ve got you covered. Wear the emblem of the horse with pride and take the fight to those wicked Bhallala Deva fans.

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The good, the bad, and the throne. Has there ever been a more elegant way to encapsulate the entire theme of the film on such a stylish T-shirt?

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With the sheer number of weapons in this film, you’d have to be a real fan to be able to tell that the sword on this T-shirt is Baahubali’s own. Which is a great filtering system to tell new fans from old.

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Only a true fan would be able to identify a map of the kingdom of Mahishmati. So, if you’re wearing this T-shirt out in public and a girl comes up to you and says they love Baahubali, just marry her. True fans are hard to come by.

Image Courtesy: Arka Media Works

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