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|Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment|
13 June 2009 – 20 March 2013
|Preceded by||Manmohan Singh|
|Succeeded by||Selja Kumari|
2 December 1963
Tiruchirappalli, Madras State, India
(now in Tamil Nadu, India)
|Political party||DMK, BJP from 2014|
|Education||St. Joseph's College, Trichy|
Kumaresan Duraisamy (born 2 December 1963), known by his stage name Napoleon, is an Indian film actor, politician and entrepreneur. He was the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment in Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's cabinet.
Kumaresan Duraisamy, better known as Napoleon, was born on 2 December 1963—the fifth of six children. His family was occupied in agriculture. He graduated from St. Joseph's College, Trichy. His Father is Duraisamy and mother is Saraswathi Ammal.
After college, he moved to Trichy and became enthused by the ideologies of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party. He joined the party in which his uncle K. N. Nehru was already a member and at that time the Public Welfare Minister of the state government.
Napoleon contested the State Assembly elections of 2001, winning the Villivakkam constituency contest and thereby becoming a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu. He lost his membership in the 2006 elections, when he contested from the Mylapore constituency and was defeated by actor S. Ve. Shekhar. Subsequently, Napoleon nurtured the Perambalur constituency in the hope of becoming a member of parliament for the DMK and succeeded in the 2009 Lok Sabha election. He was then appointed Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment in Union government. Seen as a loyalist of Azhagiri, he was sidelined by DMK after the expulsion of the latter from the party in 2014. He joined the BJP in the presence of party President Amit Shah on 21 December 2014. He was made the party's state Vice-President on 26 November 2015.
When aged 27, he watched the film Udhayam, the dubbed version of the Telugu film Siva, and was inspired to take up acting. He entered the Tamil film industry in 1991 with P. Bharathiraja's rural film Pudhu Nellu Pudhu Naathu, playing the antagonist role. Other roles followed, including in Ejamaan, Seevalaperi Pandi, Devasuram, Ravanaprabhu, Vattaram, Hello Brother, Pokkiri and Dasavatharam. His role as Mundakkal Shekharan in the blockbuster action film Devasuram is widely regarded as his best performance to-date. He reprised the role in the Ravanaprabhu, a sequel to Devasuram.
Though settled in Nashville, at the insistence of makers, he made his acting comeback with Kidaari (2016) and then went on to portray Gautham Karthik's father in Muthuramalingam (2017) replacing Karthik.
Among the forthcoming Tamil, Malayalam and Hollywood films in which he features are AY-NA and Devil's Night: Dawn of the Nain Rouge, which will making Hollywood debut.
In 2000 Napoleon founded Jeevan Technologies in Chennai, and then expanded into the USA and New Zealand. In 2008, the Jeevan IT Academy was started with the mission of training graduates to enter the corporate world with a thorough knowledge of industry standards.
In 2010 Napoleon established Myopathy Unit of Jeevan Foundation, the Institute for Muscular Dystrophy & Research Center. It is a non-profit organization registered under the Tamil Nadu Trust Act.
Achievements and awards
- Won the "Kalaimamani" and Tamil Nadu State Film Honorary Award - "M.G.R." awards in 1998
- Vice-president of the South Indian Film Artistes' Association, 2000–2006
- Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize- Best Actor by the Government of Tamil Nadu for Ettupatti Rasa
- Received a Murasoli Trust "Kalaignar" Award, which is given to people who contribute to Tamil language, literature, and culture, in 2007.
|1991||Pudhu Nellu Pudhu Naathu||Shankaralingam||Tamil|
|MGR Nagaril||John Peter||Tamil|
|Idhu Namma Bhoomi||Mirasudar||Tamil|
|1993||Captain Magal||Robert Royappa||Tamil|
|Rajadhi Raja Raja Kulothunga Raja Marthanda Raja Gambeera Kathavaraya Krishna Kamarajan||Guru Subramaniam||Tamil|
|Dharma Seelan||Omer Sheriff||Tamil|
|Seevalaperi Pandi||Pandi||Tamil||Debut as Hero|
|Chinna Mani||Duraisamy Thevar||Tamil|
|En Pondatti Nallava||Rajappa||Tamil|
|1997||Ettupatti Rasa||Singaraj||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize,|
Also singer for song "Ettupatti Rasa"
|The Government||Tamil, Telugu, Kannada|
|Maya||Tamil, Telugu, Kannada|
|2000||Karisakattu Poove||Kottai Sami||Tamil|
|The Gang||Police Commissioner||Malayalam|
|Rayalaseema Ramanna Chowdary||Jadadhari Swamiji||Telugu|
|The Warrant||Ravi Ramakrishnan||Malayalam||Dubbed into Tamil as The Warrant|
|2001||Megasandesam||Fr. Rossorriya||Malayalam||Dubbed into Tamil as Rosi|
|Mitta Miraasu||Singa Perumal||Tamil|
|Ravana Prabhu||Mundakkal Sekharan||Malayalam|
|2002||Kanal Kireedam||Albin||Malayalam||Dubbed into Tamil as Mary Albert|
|Veeranna||Mariappan, Veeranna||Tamil||Also singer for song "Veeranna"|
|2007||Pokkiri||Mohammed Mohideen Khan IPS||Tamil|
|Dasavathaaram||Kulothunga Chola II||Tamil|
|Oy!||Dr. Harish Chandra Prasad||Telugu|
|2011||Ponnar Shankar||Thalaiyoor Kaali||Tamil|
|Chennaiyil Oru Naal 2||Commissioner of Police||Tamil|
|2018||Seema Raja||Ariya Raja, Seema Raja's father||Tamil|
|2019||Devil's Night||English||Filming (Hollywood Movie)|
- Manoj, CG (29 May 2009). "After MLA napoleon ready for real power". The Indian Express. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- Siva, CG (26 November 2015). "தமிழக பாஜக துணைத் தலைவராக நடிகர் நெப்போலியன் நியமனம்". The Indian Express. Retrieved 26 November 2015.