Napoleon (actor)

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Napoleon Duraisamy
Nepoleon Duraisamy.png
Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment
In office
13 June 2009 – 20 March 2013
Preceded by Manmohan Singh
Succeeded by Selja Kumari
Personal details
Born Kumaresan Duraisamy
(1963-12-02) 2 December 1963 (age 54)
Tiruchirappalli, Madras State, India
(now in Tamil Nadu, India)
Nationality Indian
Political party DMK, BJP from 2014
Spouse(s) Jayasudha Nepoleon
Children Dhanush Nepoleon
Gunal Nepoleon
Residence Brentwood, Tennessee
Education St. Joseph's College, Trichy
Occupation Film actor
Politician
Social Entrepreneur
Entrepreneur
Website actornapoleon.com

Kumaresan Duraisamy (born 2 December 1963), known by his stage name Napoleon, is an Indian film actor, politician [2] and entrepreneur. He was the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment in Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's cabinet. During his acting career, he acted in nearly 100 films in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam and Kannada languages.

Early life[edit]

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 Reddiar and Mother Saraswathi Ammal

Career[edit]

Politics[edit]

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.

Nepoleon Election campaigning 2009
2009 Indian general election campaign

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.[3]

Films[edit]

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 USA, 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.[4][5]

Among the forthcoming Tamil, Malayalam and Hollywood films in which he features are Seema Raja, AY-NA and Devil's Night: Dawn of the Nain Rouge.

Entrepreneurship[edit]

Jeevan Technologies 2008  IIIrd ODC at DLF IT Park
Jeevan Technologies 2008

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.

Achievements and awards[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1991 Pudhu Nellu Pudhu Naathu Shankaralingam Tamil
MGR Nagaril John Peter Tamil
1992 Abhirami Tamil
Bharathan C.I.D. Johnson Tamil
Chinna Thayee Chamundi Tamil
Idhu Namma Bhoomi Mirasudar Tamil
Nadodi Thendral Swamikannu Tamil
Mudhal Seethanam Tamil
Oor Mariyadhai Veerapandi Tamil
Pangali Tamil
Thalaivasal Chandran Tamil
1993 Captain Magal Robert Royappa Tamil
Devasuram Mundakal Shekaran Malayalam
Dharma Seelan Omer Sheriff Tamil
Enga Muthalali Jayaraman Tamil
Kizhakku Cheemayile Shivanadi Tamil
Kunthi Puthrudu Sambasivudu Telugu
Manikuyil Tamil
Maravan Shankarapandiyan Tamil
Minmini Poochigal Victor Tamil
Munarivippu Ranjith Tamil
Nallathe Nadakkum Vikraman Tamil
Pudhupiravi Tamil
Rajadhi Raja Raja Kulothunga Raja Marthanda Raja Gambeera Kathavaraya Krishna Kamarajan Guru Subramaniam Tamil
Yejaman Vallavarayan Tamil
1994 Gandheevam Vincent Malayalam
Hello Brother Mithra Telugu
Maindhan Velayudam Pillai Tamil
Mani Rathnam Rathnam Tamil
Pudhupatti Ponnuthayi Tamil
Seevalaperi Pandi Pandi Tamil Debut as Hero
Thamarai Thamarai Tamil
Thozhar Pandian Thaamaraiselvan Tamil
Vanaja Girija Anand Tamil
1995 Aakaya Pookkal Suriya Tamil
Asuran Matthaiya Tamil
Chinna Mani Duraisamy Thevar Tamil
En Pondatti Nallava Rajappa Tamil
Mamanithan Nagu Tamil
Muthu Kaalai Sakthivel Tamil
Rajamuthirai Markandeyan Tamil
Thamizhachi Rasayya Tamil
1996 Thayagam Pilot Tamil
Musthaffaa Musthaffaa Tamil
Puthiya Parasakthi Rajadurai Tamil
Rajali Rajali Tamil
1997 Ettupatti Rasa Singaraj Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize
1998 Bhagavath Singh Tamil
The Government Tamil, Telugu, Kannada
Kizhakkum Merkkum Suryamurthy Tamil
1999 Billa Ranga Ranga Kannada
Ethirum Pudhirum Arasappan Tamil
Maya Tamil, Telugu, Kannada
Ponvizha Bharathi Tamil
Rowdy Brothers Kannada
Sivan Murugan Tamil
Suyamvaram Krishna Tamil
2000 Karisakattu Poove Kottai Sami Tamil
The Gang Police Commissioner Malayalam
Manu Neethi Muthazhagu Tamil
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
Kalakalappu Veluthambi Tamil
Mitta Miraasu Singa Perumal Tamil
Veettoda Mappillai Manikkam Tamil
Ravana Prabhu Mundakkal Sekharan Malayalam
2002 Kanal Kireedam Albin Malayalam Dubbed into Tamil as Mary Albert
Thenkasi Pattanam Dass Tamil
2004 Virumaandi Nallama Nayakkar Tamil
Adi Thadi Surya Tamil
Remote Deenadayalu Tamil
2005 Ayya Madasamy Tamil
Veeranna Mariappan, Veeranna Tamil
2006 Vattaram Gurupadam Tamil
2007 Pokkiri Mohammed Mohideen Khan Tamil
2008 Aayutham Seivom Elumalai Tamil
Dasavathaaram Kulothunga Chola II Tamil
Krishnarjuna Nallama Nayakkar Telugu
Sandai Kamaraj Tamil
2009 Azhagar Malai Pandithurai Tamil
Oy! Dr. Harish Chandra Prasad Telugu
Saleem Singamanaidu Telugu
2011 Ponnar Shankar Thalaiyoor Kaali Tamil
2016 Kidaari Kottur Durai Tamil
2017 Muthuramalingam Mookiah Thevar Tamil
Sharabha Telugu Dubbed in Tamil as Yaagam
Chennaiyil Oru Naal 2 Commissioner of Police Tamil
2018 Devil's Night: Dawn of the Nain Rouge English Filming (Hollywood Movie)
Ay-na Malayalam Filming
Seema Raja Tamil Filming

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