The star who turned 53 this year cut a birthday cake and exchanged pleasantries with the media.

(Reuters) - Bollywood superstar Salman Khan celebrated his birthday with the Indian media on Thursday in western Mumbai city.

The star who turned 53 this year cut a birthday cake and exchanged pleasantries with the media at midnight outside his farmhouse, where he traditionally celebrates his birthday every year.

Meanwhile, back in showbiz capital Mumbai, fans of the star started crowding outside Galaxy Apartments, where the actor lives and were seen waiting eagerly for Khan’s arrival.

Khan, arguably India’s most popular actor, holds broad appeal among audiences drawn to his image of a bad boy with a heart of gold. Many Bollywood actors too took to Twitter to extend their wishes to Khan.

Apart from acting, Khan is known for his philanthropic work, paintings and his time in jail in cases of drunk driving, running over footpath dwellers and poaching of an endangered species of black buck.