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49 O starring Goundamani is directed by Arokkiyadoss. The film focuses on the plight of a village's farmers who are cheated by the their MLA. He tactfully gets the poverty ridden farmers to sell their lands to the real estate brokers and now they are on the verge of losing everything. Goundamani who is the bold guy in that village, is respected by all farmers and he becomes the crusader for their cause. How Goundamani helps his fellow villagers get back their agricultural land forms the crux of the story.
Being a political satire, 49 O is one of the bold attempts ever made in Tamil Cinema. Director Arokkiyadoss has put forward an issue that is worthy of debate. The social issue of farmers selling their agricultural lands to construction companies has become a trend in Tamil Nadu and this has been highlighted in the film. In addition to which, political atrocities and election laws are also spoken about in the film. Though the film builds and moves forward with interesting subplots and gimmicks, the climax is sudden and lacks the punch one expects.
Having said that, the film stands different from other political satires by actually suggesting practical solution to political issues and electoral laws. For this the director deserves a special mention.
Legendary comedian Goundamani has made a good comeback. Just like in his yesteryear films, he has played a witty-cum-energetic role with ease. In fact, the actor shines in his role as a courageous villager who does not hesitate to pass sarcastic comments at the politicians and other men of power! Though the film has very less comical elements, the actor's style in delivering these sarcastic remarks calls for admiration. The supporting cast played by Balasingh, Chaams, Kalavani Thirumurugan, Motta Rajendran and many others are all worth mentioning role. The director has also brought in a number of new faces in the film.
The music and background score of the film scored by K has enhanced the rustic flavour of the film. Aadhi Karuppiah's cinematography and Paramesh Krishna's editing also deserves a special mention, as they have helped in delivering the film as a neat package to the audience.
Verdict: A thought stirring gutsy political satire!