"I went to watch the IPL final two or three years ago. The good thing about domestic football fans is that they are very passionate. Probably for a footballer it was quite a boring thing," the former footballer cited.

"Sometimes a big cheer went off across the audience. I wondered what had happened and it turned out that the giant screen had shown Shah Rukh Khan," he said, sending the jam-packed audience at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival into peels of laughter.

He was participating in a session "India at Play" that also featured champion leg spinner Anil Kumble. "The home team had lost the match, but there was no disappointment among the fans as they started to go home. If that happens in a football match between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, they will stop the traffic and block the roads," he added.

Bhutia cited the example of the ISL final to drive home his point how passionate fans can be when it came to the beautiful game of football.

In a session filled with humorous quips, Kumble and Baichung also discussed how their parents reacted to their sporting achievements.

"India had qualified for the Asia Cup finals after 28 years. The first thing my dad told me after I got home was to apply for a government job," Bhutia said.

Kumble also narrated how his father would ask him the 'same three questions' at the end of every match. "He would ask me only three questions. What happened in the match, how did you do, and when is the next match," Kumble said.

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