Omar Ahmed

Twitter: @bressonian

Previous Experience

Omar Ahmed has been teaching Film and Media Studies for over 12 years. He was formerly Head of Film at Aquinas College, Manchester. He is also a freelance writer and is curating a forthcoming season of films titled ‘Not Just Bollywood’ for HOME in Manchester, supported by the North West Film Fund (BFI).

Previous Education

MA (Distinction) Screen Studies, University of Manchester
PGCE in Further Education, University of Nottingham Trent
BA (Hons) Film Studies, University of Sheffield Hallam

Thesis title

Rupture, Agitation & Revolt: The Dialectics of Political Cinema in the Foundational Years (1968 – 1976) of Indian Parallel Cinema


Dr. Felicia Chan and Dr. Anindita Ghosh

Research Summary

My work engages with the historical development of Indian Parallel Cinema (a relatively unexplored area of study in the field of Indian film studies) in the late 1960s, specifically the shifting political dynamics of The Naxalite Movement, the syntax of film form and representational issues. Theoretical perspectives underpinning the research includes trauma theory, post colonialism and iconoclasm.

Research Interests

Bollywood cinema
Hollywood film genres
Alternative Indian cinema
Reception studies
Political cinema



Studying Indian Cinema, Leighton Buzzard: Auteur, 2015

RoboCop (forthcoming monograph in a new series on science fiction cinema), Leighton Buzzard: Auteur


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

‘The Indian Western: Revisiting Sholay and the Dacoit Film as Transnational Exegesis’ (forthcoming chapter) In Unbridling the Western Auteur, edited by Emma Hamilton & Alistair Rolls, Palgrave MacMillan


Routledge Handbook of Indian Cinemas, South Asian Popular Culture, 2014 Vol. 12 No. 1, 49-51

Online Journals

Mehboob’s Roti: A Key Work of 1940s Pre-independence Indian Cinema, June 2016, Projectorhead –

Reclaiming Indian Parallel Cinema, June 4 2016, Silhouette Magazine – A Publication on Cinema and Allied Art Forms

Re-claiming Indian Parallel Cinema