கோவை சரளா வடிவேல் இணைந்து கலக்கிய கலக்கல் காமெடி || VADIVEL KOVAI SARALA COMEDY||As his career as a lead actor was waning, Vadivelu chose to return to portraying supporting and comedy roles in films headlined by other actors. He portrayed a role alongside Vishal in Suraj’s Kaththi Sandai (2016), before collaborating again with P. Vasu in the horror comedy, Shivalinga (2017). Vadivelu then portrayed a supporting role alongside Vijay in Mersal (2017), with the film becoming a blockbuster at the box office. A critic from The New Indian Express noted that it was a “brilliant comeback for Vadivelu” and that “his comedy is subtle, yet sufficient”.
However, his comeback was brief and soon after, Vadivelu’s career experienced further trouble. After agreeing to work with Chimbu Deven on Imsai Arasan 24th Pulikecei, a sequel to their successful film, he fell out with the director over an issue regarding his costume designer and subsequently refused to co-operate. The film’s producers, Shankar and Subaskaran, later filed a legal case over his unexplained absence. Likewise RK and Stephen, the producers of Neeyum Naanum Naduvula Peyum and another untitled film, also opted to file complaints to the Nadigar Sangam against Vadivelu’s lack of co-operation.