His colleagues tease him, his friends taunt him. All that Abhishek Bose wishes, is that his dad’s name was not what it is — Deepak Kumar Bose or DK Bose. Ever since the song Bhaag DK Bose from the upcoming comedy, Delhi Belly, has become a rage, Abhishek’s life, he says, “has become a joke.”
The 22-year-old restaurant manager in Delhi, says, “I first heard the song when I was in Sikkim. The music was catchy, but all I could think about was what I’ll have to go through now. Everyone knows that when said in a loop, DK Bose sounds like a crude Hindi abuse.”
Abhishek told his 52-year-old businessman dad about the song. “He hadn’t heard of it. I told him, ‘Papa aapko pata hai, is gaane mein aapka naam gaali ban jaata hai?’ but he took its sportingly and said, ‘Chalo naam famous toh ho raha hai,’" he says.
However, he’s not able to adjust. "I feel very embarrassed when the song plays or when friends talk about it. Mera mazaak banta hai. My colleagues also pull my leg. I get really pissed," he says.
He admits to having faced the same problem while growing up. "When I was in school, some classmates would tease me and I would wish dad’s name was something else. I never thought someone someday would make a song out of it! My dad has taken it rather well, but what about other DK Boses? If there are any young boys with the name, they must be facing a lot of problem.”
He isn’t off the mark. On Thursday, HT reported that Dilip Kumar Bose, general secretary of the Hindustan Football Club has got over 100 calls from people, teasing him about his name. “I’m a fan of Aamir Khan (the film’s producer) but he’s been a bit insensitive,” he said.
We are all DK Bose
There are thousands of people named DK Bose on Facebook today. But, in most cases, it’s not their real name. Youngsters have adopted DK Bose to symbolise a devil-may-care attitude. “My whole group has done it, Imran Khan rocks in the video and we want to be like him,” says Suraj, whose profile is now Suraj DK Bose.
After actor Shiney Ahuja was arrested in 2009 for raping his maid, his namesakes were teased endlessly. Munni and Sheila, two sisters who lived in Thane, Mumbai, aged 35 and 27, had to change their names after the item songs of 2010 (left) released and they were harassed by neighbours.