Publications & Work

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)

HOME, Manchester

Co-curated with Rachel Hayward, HOME’s Head of Film.


From Feminism to Iconoclasm: The Revolution of Indian Parallel Cinema in the Global South

(Bloomsbury, 2023/4)


(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.


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.


‘Tumbbad: The Indian Horror Film Comes of Age’, HOME, commissioned to coincide with BFI season ‘In Dreams are Monsters’ (11/2022)

‘Ten Great Films Set in Kolkata’, BFI, a celebration of films set in the city of Calcutta (8/2022)

‘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)

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)

‘Gray Lady Down’ – Essay for Gray Lady Down (Limited Edition) Booklet (Indicator) (11/2021)

A Bullet is Waiting‘ – Essay for Columbia Noir 4# Boxset (Limited Edition) Booklet (Indicator) (9/2021)

Disrupting the Western: Home and Imperialism in Geronimo’ – Essay for Geronimo (Limited Edition) Booklet (Indicator) (1/2021) american-legend-le

Tales of Blood & Steel‘, Essay for RoboCop (Limited Edition) Booklet, (Arrow Video (11/2019)

The varied aesthetics of the Indian New Wave‘, Livemint (The Lounge), (4/2019)

Why aren’t we talking about Indian Parallel Cinema?‘, The World of Apu, Issue 8, (1/2019)

Mrinal Sen and the Chronicles of Dissent’, The Hindu on Sunday (Magazine) – (1/2019)

Caste and Alternative Indian Cinema’, HOME Digital Channel (UK) – (9/2018)

Mehboob’s Roti: A Key Work of 1940s Pre-independence Indian Cinema’, Projectorhead (India) – (6/2016)

Reclaiming Indian Parallel Cinema’, Silhouette Magazine (India) – A Publication on Cinema and Allied Art Forms – (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. (6/2016)

The Hindie Cinema’, The Pioneer (India), Sunday Edition (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