Poova Thalaiya

Poova Thalaiya
Directed by K. Balachander
Produced by Rama. Arangakannal M. L. A.
Written by K. Balachander
Starring Gemini Ganesan
S. Varalakshmi
Vennira Aadai Nirmala
Music by M. S. Viswanathan
Cinematography N. Balakrishnan
Edited by N. R. Kittu
Arul Films
Distributed by Arul Films
Release dates
  • May 1969 (1969-05)
Running time
150 mins
Country India India
Language Tamil

Poova Thalaiya (English: Head Or Tails) is a 1969 Tamil language drama film directed by K. Balachander. The film features Gemini Ganesan and Jaishankar in lead roles. The film, produced by M. L. A. Rama. Arangakannal, had musical score by M. S. Viswanathan and was released on May 1969.[1] The film was remade in Telugu as Bomma Borusa and in Malayalam as Balapareekshanam.


Gemini Ganesan is a widower and S. Varalaxmi is his mother in law. Jaishankar is the younger brother of Gemini Ganesan and he falls in love with S. Varalaxmi's youngest daughter Venniradai Nirmala. A healthy competition takes place between evil minded S. Varalaxmi and Jai Shankar so as to overthrow one another.



The film was shot at AVM Studios and was produced by Rama Arangannal, an active politician.[2]


The music composed by M. S. Viswanathan and the lyrics were written by Vaali.[3]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Adi Sarithan Podi T. M. Soundararajan, L. R. Eswari Vaali 03:50
2 Madhurayil Parantha T. M. Soundararajan 03:58
3 Paladai Meni P. Susheela, L. R. Eswari 04:28
4 Poda Chonnal Pottu T. M. Soundararajan, Manorama, A. L. Raghavan 05:43
5 Poova Thalaiya T. M. Soundararajan, Seerkazhi Govindarajan 04:21


The film was a box-office success, running for 100 days in many centres of Tamil Nadu and also all over India, and it was one of the early films of Balachander. Randor Guy of The Hindu stated that the film is remembered for "The interesting storyline, situational comedy, humorous dialogues, tuneful music [sic]".[2]


  1. "Poova Thalaiya". gomolo. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
  2. 1 2 "Poova Thalaiya (1969)". Hindu. Randor Guy. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  3. "Poova Thalaiya Songs". raaga. Retrieved 2014-06-07.

Poova Thalaiya at the Internet Movie Database

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