Date of Birth: December 02, 1963
Actor, Supporting Cast
Kalaimamani” Award, Best Actor Award
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Assumed office
28 May 2009
Preceded by A. Raja
Minister of State for Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
Assumed office
28 May 2009
Born 2 December 1963 (1963-12-02) (age 47)
Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India India
Birth name Kumaresan Duraisamy
Political party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Spouse(s) Jayasudha Napoleon
Residence New Delhi / Chennai
Occupation Film actor, Politician, Entrepreneur
Religion Hinduism

Kumaresan Duraisamy (born 2 December 1963), better known by his stage name Napoleon (Tamil: Malayalam: നെപ്പോളിയന്‍), is a Tamil film actor, politician and the founder and chairman of the Jeevan Technologies. As of 27 May 2009, He is a Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Cabinet. During his early ages, he acted in Tamil and Malayalam language films.

Early life

Kumaresan Duraiswamy, better known as Napolean, was born on 2 December 1963—the fifth of six children. Hailing from a middle class family, Napoleon was well acquainted with hardship and hard work from a very young age. His father, an agriculturist, worked hard on his farm while his mother busied herself with bringing up 6 children. A graduate of St. Joseph's College, Trichy - one of the premier educational institutions in South India - he is also an accomplished sportsman and an athlete. With a vision to globalize, he has played a major role in setting up the global offices of Jeevan Technologies in the USA and New Zealand.

He has close relations in valangaiman a area near kumbakonam and his birthday is being celebrated every year as a grand function in this area.

After college, he headed off to the city in pursuit of his dreams. It was during this time that he was touched by the ideologies of the DMK. The humanitarianism embodied by the party struck a chord in the idealistic youngster and he decided to join the party under the wing of his uncle, K.N. Nehru, a great leader and the Public Welfare Minister at that time. Politics gave Napoleon ample scope to develop his leadership skills and extend help to the masses. Identifying himself with the common man, Napoleon was soon hailed as a people’s leader.

Napoleon contested his first General Election in 2001 from Villivakkam constituency (Asia’s largest constituency) and was unanimously elected as MLA. Napoleon continued his service as MLA until 2006.

Napolean lost his MLA seat, as a DMK candidate, in 2006 State assembly election in Mylapore constitueny to actor S. V. Shekhar, of AIADMK, and is currently running in Perambalur constituency, for an M.P. seat, for DMK in the 2009 Lok Sabha election. He won the elections and took oath of office as Minister Of State for Social Justice And Empowerment in the Central government

At 27, watching Udhaya, a Telugu movie, Napoleon felt an urge to act. Until then, Napoleon had appeased the artist in himself by writing poetry. But now, the time was ripe for bigger and better things.

Best known as a versatile actor, Kumaresan also known as Napoleon entered the Tamil film industry in 1991. His first film “Pudhu Nellu Puddhu Nathu” directed by Bharathi Raja gave him ample scope to showcase his acting abilities. After all, not every 27 year old can play the part of a 60 year old man with panache!

His performance was impressive enough to bag him many more roles. With “Seevalperi Pandi,” his career as an actor reached a new high. Today, Napoleon is considered as an actor who lives his roles with perfect realism.

His movies include the popular roles of Mundakkal Shekharan in Devasuram as well as in its sequel Ravanaprabhu, Gurupadam in Vattaram, Mohammed Mohideen Khan in Pokkiri and Kulothunga Raja Cholan in Dasavatharam.

Some of the forthcoming Tamil and Telugu films that feature Napoleon are Saleem, Oye!, Pallikondapuram and Azhagarmalai

Napoleon’s entry into the business world was to an extent, the outcome of his political tenure. Disturbed by the large scale unemployment of qualified youngsters, Napoleon decided to start his own firm. Napoleon's maiden venture Jeevan Technologies started in 2000 in Chennai, and then expanded into USA and New Zealand. Today, the company has employed more than 800 professional. In the year 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. he is a good business merchant
Achievements and awards

* From the year 2000 till 2006, Napoleaon had been the vice president for the South Indian Film Artists Association.
* Honoured with “Kalaimamani” Award in the year 1998. Napoleon Receives "Kaliamani" Award from Dr. Kalaignar Karunanidhi.
* "M.G.R" Award in the Year 1998.
* The Best Actor Award by the Government of Tamil Nadu for “Ettu Patti Rasa.”
* Jeevan’s achievements in the last few years bear ample witness to Napoleon’s leadership skills and business acumen.
* Jeevan Technologies is registered as an approved member by the Electronic and Computer Software Export Promotion Council and Software Technology Parks of India. In the Year 2005, it scaled up the operations by opening a new office in US, allowing Jeevan to provide the highest quality service to customers in this part of the world. Jeevan has been certified by ISO 9001:2000 for "Design, Development, Testing and Maintenance of Software Projects" from TUV — a fitting tribute to Jeevan’s commitment to maintain a world-class quality management system.
* Public Relations and Campaign Co-ordinator'. From being K.N. Nehru’s assistant, Napoleon emerged as a key person responsible for managing the party’s propaganda, organising political rallies and planning and administrating campaigns.
* Won Murasoli Trust “Kalaignar” Award in the year 2007. "Kalaingar award" is conferred to the people who contribute to Tamil Language, Literature and Tamil Culture by Murosoli Trust.