Well, if this statement was made by a hero or a character artiste, it wouldn't have raised any eyebrows. But it is his heroine who made this comment.
Yes, Nayanatara who acted with Balakrishna in quite a few hit films made the comment during an interview to a Tamil magazine.
Responding to a question about consistently working with Balakrishna in Telugu, Nayanatara said, "Balakrishna is like a father figure to me. I have immense respect for him and I enjoy working with him. In fact, I consider Balakrishna a family member."
Now, no matter what feelings one has within, no heroine equates her hero to a father figure. More so, when they are still active in their respective careers. But Nayanatara bared her true feelings during her interview.
Nayanatara was being interviewed by Vikatan magazine for their New Year special. Recently, she did a critically acclaimed film Aram in Tamil.
Right now, she is shooting for Jai Simha alongside Balakrishna in Telugu.