In the meantime, a Silambattam competition is announced in the nearby village. Sensing that things could get out of hand if the people from his village take part in the competition, Napoleon instructs them not to. However, Gautham Karthik doesn't pay heed to his father's words and heads to the nearby village for the Silambattam competition.
Fefsi Vijayan comes to know that Gautham Karthik is headed to his village to take part in the competition and decides to ward him off in the way by setting few goons. During their physical altercation, Gautham Karthik manages to overcome few of them. As a result, one of them is admitted in the hospital owing to serious injury and is battling for his life. Fearing for his son's safety, Napoleon asks Gautham Karthik to abscond and he follows his father's advice.
Upon realizing that Gautham Karthik has absconded, the police take Napoleon to the station and humiliate him. Coming to know about the incident, Gautham Karthik chops off the policeman's hands. As the issue intensifies, police inspector Vamsi Krishna comes into the picture. However, all the men in that village have absconded and are not to be found. How Gautham Karthik and Napoleon come clear off the murder charges forms the rest of the plot of Muthuramalingam.
Gautham Karthik as the titular character Muthuramalingam plays his part well. However, he lacks that punch to convince audiences that he can be tough. Since his character is mass-oriented, his child-like face makes us feel otherwise. He does make it up in the romantic scenes and action sequences. The biggest strength of Muthuramalingam is Napoleon as his big stature and brave act makes him larger than life on the big screen. Although Priya Anand comes in the film as a school girl, she has considerable scope for performance compared to the usual heroine roles. Viji Chandrasekhar has played her part of a brave woman to a tee. Singam Puli's comic antics in the first half of the film are a big plus for the progression of the story. Vivek comes in the second half and he makes us laugh only in few occasions. Vamsi Krishna as the police officer and Fepsi Vijayan as the village chief have played their roles amicably.
Director Rajadurai has made this film keeping in mind those fearless characters that exist in our society. Although he makes them look fearless, it starts to get repetitive after a certain point of time. The dialogues are fiery, but few characters uttering specific dialogues could have been avoided. 'Maestro' Ilaiyaraaja's music clearly gives us a feel of the rustic village life. And, as usual, he has trumped it in the background score department. U. K. Senthil Kumar's cinematography has painted village life rather beautifully.
In short, Muthuramalingam could have been better.