Legendary actor Dilip Kumar, who turned 97 on Wednesday, said all the love and affection he has received from fans fills him with gratitude and tears.

The actor uploaded a picture of himself on Twitter and wrote, "On this 97th birthday, calls and messages have been pouring in since last night-thank you!

"Celebrations are not important- your boundless love, affection and prayers have always brought tears of gratitude in my eyes."

Last year, the actor was diagnosed with mild pneumonia. According to his wife, Saira Banu, the actor's health is much better now. "He is fine. He is much better. Everyone must pray for him," Saira told PTI.

Actor Varun Dhawan shared a sweet birthday wish for the actor. “Happy birthday to the loving legend #DilipKumar Saab. On this day 97 years ago brilliance was born #aebhai,” he wrote with a picture of Dilip Kumar from one of his many films. Actor Ishaan Khatter also shared a birthday message for him with a photo.

Actor Divya Dutta shared a tweet, sending him a ‘lot of love’. “His eyes epitomised romance, his mere presence spelt magic on screen!! Happy 97th @TheDilipKumar saab!!! Bahut saara pyaar,” she wrote.

Actor Kangana Ranaut’s sister Rangoli Chandel also tweeted on her behalf. “Kangana says there has been more glamorous or better dancers female actors in the past but she believes in terms of universally accepted Method acting she has established herself in the top position and many agree with her when I ask her about the male actors she says no one has yet surpassed Yusuf Saab ( Dilip Kumar) his sophisticated subtle approach to his characters a beautiful blend of commercial and method. In those days people only knew loud stage acting he introduced method that too blended with his star appeal, we bow down to the legacy that is yet to be challenged. Happy birthday Dilip sir,” she wrote.

Dilip Kumar, who made his big screen debut with the 1944 film "Jwar Bhata", is one of the most celebrated stars of Hindi cinema.