As he has come out of a juvenile school, nobody in the village is ready to give Viruthagiri a job. He does manage to find a job in a timber shop and it is at this point when Swetha comes to the village as a teacher. After realizing that this is the same Swetha whom he spent his childhood with, Viruthagiri approaches her. But, Swetha despises him and dismisses his advances. Although he tries his best to explain his version of the story to her, she rejects him outright. At the same time, the village chief's son Sampath is hell-bent on finishing off the hero since he was the reason he was sent to jail. In the end, whether the hero manages to tell the heroine his side of the story and if he manages to evade the attempt on his life by Sampath forms the rest of the plot of Virudhachalam.
Viruthagiri is no different from the usual crop of actors and does the task entrusted to him. Although there is not much to tell about his antics in the film, he appears as an angry young man throughout the narrative. Swetha has done her part well. In terms of the performances by others in the film, they have all done their roles well. Sampath is a solace to the film and has acted well.
Director Rattan Ganapathy should have focused more on the screenplay and trimmed the runtime of Virudhachalam which would have made the film enjoyable. Otherwise, the film is quite choppy at several ends. Music composed by Sriram is just plain average, but redeems himself to a certain extent in the background score department. Sivanesan's skills as a cinematographer come to the fore in various sequences.
In short, Virudhachalam is a testing experience.