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Messua is a minor character in The Jungle Book 2. She is Ranjan's mother and Mowgli's kindhearted adoptive mother who knows how he feels about the jungle.
The Jungle Book 2
Messua is the wife of the richest man in an Indian village; her husband's name is not given. When Mowgli leaves the jungle and arrives at their village, they believe him to be their son Nathoo who was lost in the jungle some years before. The village priest, seeing the potential advantage in keeping the village's richest man happy, agrees to their adopting the strange boy. Unfortunately for the couple, Mowgli's ignorance of village laws and customs results in some embarrassing incidents which cause Messua's husband to lose his affection for the boy. Things come to a head when Mowgli kills the tiger Shere Khan and calls his wolf friend Akela to prevent the village's chiefhunter Buldeo from taking the tiger's skin. Believing Mowgli to be an evil sorcerer the villagers drive him away and sentence Messua and her husband to death. With the aid of his animal friends Mowgli rescues them and sets them on the road to another village, although only Messua shows her gratitude. Her husband is resentful at being forced to leave with only a small amount of money.
Messua does speak, but her voice actress, Veena Bidasha, was uncredited.