I just thought of Banwarilal today. You know Banwarilal, don’t you? Of course you do. Everyone knows Banwarilal.
There was this one night when Banwarilal was having a drink at a bar in SoBo. This guy Joe was standing at the bar, and Banwarilal tapped him on the shoulder and said “Hey, don’t you know who I am?” Joe said “No, why the hell should I?” Banwarilal said “I’m Banwarilal. Everybody knows me.” Joe said “Yeah, whatever, buddy.” Banwarilal said “No, really. Everybody knows me. Hey everyone, who am I?” Everyone in the bar shouted “Banwarilal! Yay, Banwarilal!”
Joe said “Yeah, sure, maybe everyone in this bar at SoBo knows you. But they don’t know you in any bars in Oshiwara.”
Banwarilal said “Sure they do. Everyone knows me.” To prove it. Joe and Banwarilal took a cab across town and went into a different bar at Oshiwara. When they walked in, Banwarilal shouted “Hey everyone, who am I?” Everone shouted “Banwarilal! Yo, Banwarilal! Yay!”
“Sure”, Joe said. “Average people in Oshiwara bars know you, but I bet the local MLA doesn’t know you.” So off they went to the local MLA’s house. The butler answered the door. “Ah, Mr. Banwarilal. The MLA was just asking about you. Come on in.”
Joe said “OK, so the MLA knows you. I’d bet that our local MP doesn’t know you.” So off they went to the local MP.
Hours later they were at the house of the local MP “So Banwarilal, good buddy. It’s been a long time. I haven’t seen you since you helped me win the elections. How’s business?”
“Alright”, says Joe. “Everyone in bars knows you. The MLA knows you. The MP knows you. But I’m SURE that Amitabh Bachchan doesn’t know you.” So off they went to Jalsa.
When they got there, Banwarilal said “Now Joe, not everyone gets to see Amitabh Bachchan in the flesh. So here’s what we’re going to do. I’ll go in, and I’ll get THE Amitabh Bachchan to show up with me there and wave to his fans. Then you’ll see that the Big B knows who I am.”
Banwarilal walked into Jalsa. A few minutes later, he and Amitabh Bachchan were on the balcony. He looked down, and saw Joe passed out. He ran downstairs and to the door and through the crowds to Joe and said ‘”Joe, Joe! You OK, Joe?” He managed to revive Joe and then asked him, ‘What happened? How did you faint?”
Joe said “Yeah, I was standing here, looking at you and Amitabh Bachchan. There was this huge crowd of people taking pics with their phones, jostling to get in. Then a couple of people came by and asked ‘Hey, who’s that up there with Banwarilal?'”