Omar has published widely including journals, books, edited volumes and online sites.
BOOKS / MONOGRAPHS
From Feminism to Iconoclasm: The Revolution of Indian Parallel Cinema in the Global South
- Full length monograph on the history, themes and iconography of Indian Parallel Cinema.
(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.
Chair, ‘Joyland Q&A with director Saim Sadiq’, HOME, Manchester, UK (3/2023)
- Invited to chair Q&A with Cannes award winning filmmaker Saim Sadiq.
Chair, ‘Nasir – post screening discussion’, HOME, Manchester (9/2022)
- Discussion about the representation of Muslims in Indian cinema. Including invited speakers: Asim Burney, producer, and host of Khandaan podcast, and Shaf Choudry, cofounder of the Riz Test.
‘Introduction and discussion – double bill of The Trip (1967) & Om Dar-B-Dar (1988)’ – Supakino/Rio Cinema – London, UK (5/2022)
- Invited introduction and discussion to accompany screening of Om Dar-B-Dar – a key work of Indian Parallel Cinema.
Chair, ‘A Night of Knowing Nothing Q&A with director Payal Kapadia’, HOME, Manchester, UK (4/2022)
- Invited to chair Q&A with Cannes award winning filmmaker Payal Kapadia.
‘An Introduction to Amma Ariyan/Report to Mother’ – Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (2021)
- Invited talk for screening of John Abraham’s Amma Ariyan, 1986, India
‘One Hour Introduction: The Films of Irrfan Khan’, Not Just Bollywood, HOME, Manchester, UK (10/2021)
- Invited one-hour audio-visual introduction on the films of transnational actor Irrfan Khan.
Chair, ‘No Fathers in Kashmir – Q&A with director Ashvin Kumar’, MiniCini, Manchester (2/2020)
- Invited to chair post screening discussion with filmmaker Ashvin Kumar.
Chair, ‘Masaan – Post Screening Discussion on Caste in Indian Cinema’, HOME, Manchester (9/2018)
Discussion with Naman Ramachandran, writer of Brahman Naman; Meena Dhanda, Professor of Philosophy and Cultural Politics, University of Wolverhampton, and Vishal Chauhan, PhD Student, School of Media and Cultural Studies, Birmingham City University.
Talk, ‘One Hour Intro: Hindies/New Indian Independent Cinema’, HOME, Manchester, UK (9/2017)
- Invited to deliver one hour illustrated talk on the history and evolution of Indian independent cinema
Chair, ‘Ankhon Dekhi – Q&A with director Rajat Kapoor’, HOME, Manchester, UK (9/2017)
- Post screening discussion with director award winning independent filmmaker Rajat Kapoor
Panel Discussion/Event Organizer, ‘India’s Independent Cinema – Past, Present and Future’, HOME, Manchester, UK (9/2017)
- Awarded funding from AHRC (NWCDTP).
Chair, ‘Little Zizou Q&A with Sooni Taraporevala’, HOME, Manchester, UK (7/2017)
- Invited to chair Q&A with award winning screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala (The Namesake, Salaam Bombay), organized in partnership with the Whitworth, The University of Manchester.
Chair, ‘The Name of a River Q&A with Anup Singh’, HOME, Manchester, UK, (6/2017)
- Invited to chair Q&A with award winning director Anup Singh, as part of a season of films & events on Partition.
Talk, ‘One Hour Intro: Partition on Film’, HOME, Manchester, UK, (6/2017) https://homemcr.org/event/one-hour-intro-partition-film/
- Invited to deliver one hour illustrated talk on the imaginings of Partition in South Asian cinema.
BOOK CHAPTERS (EDITED VOLUMES)
‘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 (2023).
‘The Politics of Partition, Secularism and the Muslim Woman in Shyam Benegal’s Mammo’ (1994) in ReFocus: The Films of Shyam Benegal, edited by Sneha Chaudhuri, Edinburgh University Press (2023).
‘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 (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
‘Ten Great Indian LGBTQIA+ films’, BFI, commissioned to coincide with BFI Flare season (3/2022) https://www.bfi.org.uk/lists/10-great-indian-lgbtqia-films
‘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
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/
World Cinema International Conference, Cinema of India (Online edition) (6/2021)
- Paper on ‘The Wider Cine-geography of Parallel Cinema: Internationalism, Avant-garde and Third Cinema’, University Complutense of Madrid, Spain.
Transnational Radical Film Cultures: An International Conference on Film, Aesthetics and Politics (Radical Film Network) (6/2019)
- Paper on ‘Cinematic Expressions of Transnational Solidarity in Parallel Cinema: Statue Smashing and Naxalite Revolutionary Iconoclasm’ as part of a workshop on ‘Mrinal Sen’s Film Practices: The Radical Long-1960s and Beyond’, University of Nottingham.
The British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies 2019 – Intersecting Identities: Race, Sex, Nation, (4/2019)
- Paper on ‘Is Gabbar Singh a Marxist? Re-thinking the Social and Political Banditry of Gabbar Singh’ as part of a panel on ‘Intersectionality Reading the Bollywood Film Sholay (1975)’, University of Birmingham.
Second Ireland India Institute Conference on South Asia 2018, Dublin (4/2018)
- Paper on ‘Indian Parallel Cinema in the Late 1960s: Syntax, Revolution and the Transfiguration of Rupture in Mrinal Sen’s Bhuvan Shome (1969)’, Dublin City University.
‘Indian Parallel Cinema’, Guest Lecture (11/2017)
- Invited by Pritpal Sembi (Global Cinema Course) to deliver lecture to undergraduate students, The University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK.
South Asian Popular Culture Conference 2017, Birmingham (6/2017)
- Paper on ‘Theorising Rupture in the Foundational Years of Indian Parallel Cinema (1968 – 1976)’, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK.
Pilot Light TV Festival, ‘In Praise of Homicide: Life on the Street’, Salford, UK (5/2016)
- Invited as Panelist to discuss the legacy of the series, The University of Salford, Media City Campus, Manchester, UK.
The American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Conference, Harvard, USA (3/2016)
- Revisiting Politics in Indian Film, Paper on ‘Re-claiming Mehboob’s Roti (Bread, 1942) as a key political work of 1940’s pre-independence Hindi cinema’, The University of Harvard, Boston, USA.
Indian Modernisms film series at The Tagore Centre for Global Thought, London, UK (11/2015)
- Invited by Tanya Singh (Curator) to introduce Mrinal Sen’s film Akaler Sandhane / In Search of Famine, King’s India Institute, King’s College London, UK.
The Salford International Media Festival, Cultures & Industries of Creativity in Contemporary Media Landscapes, Salford, UK (11/2015)
- Paper on ‘The ways in which specialist film distribution determines and shapes perceptions of cinephilia: the marginalisation of alternate Indian cinema in UK home media’, The University of Salford, Media City, Manchester, UK.
The Cultures of New India, Brighton, UK (1/2015)
- ‘Diachronic representations of Subaltern identity in new ‘Hindie’ cinema’, The University of Brighton, Brighton, UK.