Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan meet the press on his 71 birthdayVarinder Chawla

Legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan celebrated his 71st birthday in Mumbai on Friday, with family and close friends.

Big B celebrated his birthday in a modest get-together this time, unlike the big event last year. Amitabh also held a press conference at his house Janak on Friday morning.

"Last year, there was a grand celebration as it was the 70th birthday, this year it is quite simple and quiet. Every year it is not possible to do it that way. I met family members and close associates. All I wish for is love and affection on my birthday," the actor said.

Thousands wished Amitabh on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook on Friday and the thespian thanked his fans for their love and support.

"Thank you all for the greetings in person and in the virtual. It has made my day a lot happier... a small family get together at night has just come to an end... sufi songs, poetry recitations and a general atmosphere of like minded people," Amitabh posted on his Facebook account.

"The greetings pour in from all quarters ... mobile, phones, internet, and personalize ... in an overwhelming gesture ... may I just say, I had never dreamt of the love that you give me, and never imagined that so much shall come my way ... from within the depths of my heart... THANK YOU!!!" he added.

"For the greetings, for the love, for the affection, for those whom i cannot reply personally... For 11th oct... Thank you !!! A soft gentle evening spent with a few, to mingle with the greetings and the 'shagun' of the temperate rain... of words and feelings," the actor tweeted.

Check out photos at the press conference here:

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Amitabh Bachchan at his 71 birthday
Amitabh Bachchan at his 71 birthday
Amitabh Bachchan at his 71 birthday
Amitabh Bachchan at his 71 birthday
Amitabh Bachchan at his 71 birthday
Amitabh Bachchan at his 71 birthday
Amitabh Bachchan at his 71 birthday
Amitabh Bachchan at his 71 birthday
Amitabh Bachchan at his 71 birthday
Amitabh Bachchan at his 71 birthday