Role in the film
In the film, Messua watches with her husband, Ranjan, Shanti, and Shanti's mother as Mowgli puts on a puppet show, to which Ranjan accidentally ruins by jumping at the shadow of the Shere Khan puppet, thinking Shere Khan is really attacking Mowgli. The morning after the puppet show, while she was washing dishes, she reminds the boy's to have breakfast before they get started on chores (in which the boys tell her they're not hungry and dash off to prank Shanti). She helps her husband and the other villagers search the jungle to find Mowgli, Shanti, and Ranjan. She is last seen smiling with her husband and telling Mowgli and Shanti to not be too long while getting the water (for she and her husband know that they're going to the jungle).