|Directed by||K. Balachander|
|Produced by||Rama. Arangakannal M. L. A.|
|Written by||K. Balachander|
Vennira Aadai Nirmala
|Music by||M. S. Viswanathan|
|Edited by||N. R. Kittu|
|Distributed by||Arul Films|
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. 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.
- Gemini Ganesan as Ganesan
- Jaishankar as Shankar
- Nagesh as Nagesh
- S. Varalakshmi as Paruvathamma
- Rajasree as Raji
- Sreekanth as Guest
- Vennira Aadai Nirmala as Nirmala
- Manorama as Indra
- T. P. Muthulakshmi as Nagamma
- M. R. R. Vasu as Hotel Manager
- S. Rama Rao as Indra's Father
- J. Balayya
- Sachu as Saraswathy
The music composed by M. S. Viswanathan and the lyrics were written by Vaali.
|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]".