Neelakanta shot into fame with Show and he bagged national award for his screenplay of the movie. His next film Missamma too won him critical acclaim and the film was went on to become a big hit. However, he failed to weave magic after these two films and he faced two consecutive flops. After taking a short break, he has directed Virodhi. The story of the film revolves around Maoists. However, the director has not touched the Maoist philosophies but he has tried to highlight how some people are spoiling the movement for their selfish interests and to earn a leader image.
Jayadev (Srikanth) is a journalist and is known for his devotion towards profession. He writes several stories on politicians and their corrupt practices. Once, he meets MP Jangayya (Ahuti Prasad) and tries to warn him to stop his illegal activities of occupying tribal lands and destroying forests for the sake of mining and amassing wealth. He even warns that Maoists have kept him on a hit list. Even as Jayadev was taking the interview of Jangaiah, Maoists attack him and kill him and takes Jayadev along with them. The Maoist Dalam led by Gopinath aka Gogi (Ajay) conducts the attack. The Dalam leader Gogi decides to kill him but the other members of the group stop him from killing the journalist. They advise him that he could be used as a human shield in case of police attack.
Meanwhile, Jayadev studies all the group members and their mentalities besides the causes for their joining the Dalam. He meets each member individually and explains them that their ideology is baseless and nothing can be achieved through a barrel of gun. Listening to his words, two Dalam members (Ravi Varma and Sri) decide to marry and lead a peaceful life instead of wasting their time for revolution. What happens next should be seen on-screen.