Omar has published widely including journals, books, edited volumes and online sites.
Rebellious Poets and Radical Spirits: Indian Parallel Cinema
Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna, Italy (20 – 27 July 2021)
Co-curated with Cecilia Cenciarelli and Shivendra Dungarpur.
- Bhuvan Shome / Uski Roti / Khayal Ghatha / Ghatashraddha / Bhumika / Kummatty / Amma Ariyan / Elippathayam.
Not Just Bollywood (2017 – ongoing)
Co-curated with Rachel Hayward, HOME’s Head of Film.
- A celebration of South Asian film expressly contemporary Indian independent cinema. Founded in 2017 and on-going themed seasons each Autumn with regular screenings throughout the year.
- For full list of curated films and events, use the following link: https://homemcr.org/event/not-just-bollywood-hindies-the-indian-film-industry/
BOOKS / MONOGRAPHS
From Feminism to Iconoclasm: The Revolution of Indian Parallel Cinema in the Global South
(Auteur/Columbia University Press, 2018)
- The first full-length monograph on the classic 1987 Hollywood science fiction film. Commissioned as part of Constellations, a new series of monographs on science fiction cinema.
Studying Indian Cinema
(Auteur/Columbia University Press, 2015)
- Foundational text and major publication on the history of Indian cinema aimed at the general reader. The book explores fourteen key films across a number of decades, applying a conceptual film & media studies framework while situating the films in wider historical and ideological contexts.
BOOK CHAPTERS in EDITED VOLUMES
‘The Revisionism of Indian Parallel Cinema: Communalism, The Street & Socio-economic experiences of the Muslim community in Saeed Mirza’s Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989)‘ in Muslims in Indian Cinema, edited by Sarfaraj Nawab, AuthorsPress India (forthcoming, 2022/3).
‘From the Street to the Dancefloor: Political Imaginings of the Pop Star in Popular Indian Cinema’ in Pop Stars on Film: Popular Culture in a Global Market, edited by Kirsty Fairclough & Jason Wood, Bloomsbury (forthcoming 2022/3).
‘The Politics of Partition, Secularism and the Muslim Woman in Shyam Benegal’s Mammo’ (1994) (forthcoming) in ReFocus: The Films of Shyam Benegal, edited by Sneha Chaudhuri, Edinburgh University Press, 2022.
‘The Indian Western: Revisiting Sholay and the Dacoit Film as Transnational Exegesis’ in Unbridling the Western Film Auteur, edited by Emma Hamilton & Alistair Rolls, Switzerland: Peter Lang, 2018.
Essays on ‘Mrinal Sen, Raj Kapoor, Satyajit Ray, Mehboob Khan, Saeed Akhtar Mirza, Shyam Benegal’ in Directory of World Cinema: India, edited by Adam Bingham, Bristol: Intellect, 2015.
ONLINE ARTICLES / ESSAYS & TALKS
‘Tumbbad: The Indian Horror Film Comes of Age’, HOME, commissioned to coincide with BFI season ‘In Dreams are Monsters’ (11/2022) https://homemcr.org/article/tumbbad-review-dr-omar-ahmed/
‘Ten Great Films Set in Kolkata’, BFI, a celebration of films set in the city of Calcutta (8/2022) https://www.bfi.org.uk/lists/10-great-films-set-kolkata
‘In the Shadow of Apu: in praise of Satyajit Ray’s Calcutta Trilogy’, BFI, written to coincide with the BFI retrospective on Ray (7/2022) https://www.bfi.org.uk/features/shadow-apu-praise-satyajit-rays-calcutta-trilogy
‘An Introduction to Amma Ariyan/Report to Mother‘ (invited talk that preceded screening of John Abraham’s Amma Ariyan, 1986) – Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (2021) https://bfmaf.org/essay/an-intro-to-amma-ariyan-report-to-mother/
‘Gray Lady Down’ – Essay for Gray Lady Down (Limited Edition) Booklet (Indicator) (11/2021) https://www.powerhousefilms.co.uk/products/gray-lady-down-le
‘A Bullet is Waiting‘ – Essay for Columbia Noir 4# Boxset (Limited Edition) Booklet (Indicator) (9/2021) https://www.powerhousefilms.co.uk/collections/frontpage/products/columbia-noir-4-le
‘Disrupting the Western: Home and Imperialism in Geronimo’ – Essay for Geronimo (Limited Edition) Booklet (Indicator) (1/2021) https://www.powerhousefilms.co.uk/collections/limited-editions/products/geronimo-an- american-legend-le
‘Tales of Blood & Steel‘, Essay for RoboCop (Limited Edition) Booklet, (Arrow Video) https://www.arrowfilms.com/product-detail/robocop-limited-edition-blu-ray/FCD1918 (11/2019)
‘The varied aesthetics of the Indian New Wave‘, Livemint (The Lounge), https://www.livemint.com/mint-lounge/features/the-varied-aesthetics-of-the-indian-new-wave-1556867458268.html (4/2019)
‘Why aren’t we talking about Indian Parallel Cinema?‘, The World of Apu, Issue 8, http://theworldofapu.com/why-arent-we-talking-about-indian-parallel-cinema/ (1/2019)
‘Mrinal Sen and the Chronicles of Dissent’, The Hindu on Sunday (Magazine) –
‘Caste and Alternative Indian Cinema’, HOME Digital Channel (UK) –
‘Mehboob’s Roti: A Key Work of 1940s Pre-independence Indian Cinema’, Projectorhead (India) – http://projectorhead.in/reclaiming-mehboob-roti/ (6/2016)
‘Reclaiming Indian Parallel Cinema’, Silhouette Magazine (India) – A Publication on Cinema and Allied Art Forms – https://learningandcreativity.com/silhouette/indian-parallel-cinema/ (6/2016)
Film Notes on Indian Parallel Cinema – Commissioned by Zee Television to write a series of film notes and articles to accompany a major season of Parallel Cinema films that were broadcast on Zee Classics throughout 2016. http://www.zeeclassic.com/gossip/indian-parallel-cinema-retrospective (6/2016)
‘The Hindie Cinema’, The Pioneer (India), Sunday Edition http://www.dailypioneer.com/sunday-edition/agenda/cover-story/the-hindie-cinema.html (2/2014)
“Chariot of Fire”: Genre slippages, iconographic agitation and ideological subversion in SRK’s Raees, Studies in South Asian Film & Media (Special edition on Media in the Age of Modi), April 2019, Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 43 – 58, Intellect
‘Theorizing Rupture in the Foundational Years of Indian Parallel Cinema’, South Asian Popular Culture, 23 March 2018, Vol. 16 No. 1, pp. 1 – 19, Taylor & Francis
‘Once Upon a Time in India: Lagaan’, Splice: Studying Contemporary Cinema, Vol. 6 Issue 2, Winter 2012, pg. 34 – 49, Auteur
‘Routledge Handbook of Indian Cinemas’, South Asian Popular Culture, 2014 Vol. 12 No. 1, 49-51, Taylor & Francis