Publications & Work

Omar has published widely including journals, books, edited volumes and online sites.


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

(Bloomsbury, 2024)

  • 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)

  • Invited to deliver one hour illustrated talk on the imaginings of Partition in South Asian cinema.


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).


‘Ten Great Indian LGBTQIA+ films’, BFI, commissioned to coincide with BFI Flare season (3/2022)

‘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


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.


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.