"I will continue working till there is strength in my body," is how megastar Amitabh Bachchan prophesied as his two-year-old granddaughter Aaradhya joined other family members in wishing him on his 71st birthday.
"Her mother (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) taught her to sing a happy birthday song. She sang for me but with her own name," an exuberant Bachchan told reporters here.
"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 legendary actor said.
Having starred in over 180 films in a career spanning more than four decades, Bachchan continues to hold sway over millions of his fans with his rich baritone on the big screen as well as on TV.
The megastar was born to Hindi poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan in Allahabad on October 11, 1942. Bachchan is one of the busiest actors in Bollywood thanks to his knack for adapting and reinventing himself to the demands of showbiz.
And he wants to continue his innings in acting with the same enthusiasm that he started with.
"The wish is that something challenging comes up everyday... I will continue working till there is strength in my body," he said.
Thousands of fans gathered outside his bungalow to greet Bachchan, who expressed happiness over the love and warmth from his admirers.