Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan's proposed investment in football would be a game changer for the sport in the country, Indian football icon Bhaichung Bhutia said on Saturday.
Shahrukh IPL team KKR is the champion of IPL season 5. He is in talks to acquire 50 per cent shares in Dempo, the most-successful I-League club.
"50 per cent of KKR's popularity is because of Shahrukh. If he comes to football, I think more 'Saas-bahu' serial-wallahs would watch football. It will make a big big impact and a positive impact on the Indian football," Bhutia told.
Bhutia said many potential investors who were not so sure about the future would get confidence if SRK bought a stake in Dempo.
"Personally speaking, I've been fighting, discussing a lot to get some investors into my team United Sikkim. So SRK coming to football will not only help Dempo but also others.
"If Shahrukh buys a stake in Dempo, hopefully Salman Khan would be interested in coming to United Sikkim," he said in a lighter vein.
"If they come, it would take the game to a different level altogether. The kind of mileage the team is going to get will be phenomenal," he said.
Bhaichung Bhutia is the most famous Indian footballers and can be considered the face of Indian foorball.
(Author - Manees Bajpai)