The nails, however, eventually became a burden for the 88-year-old man, whose left hand is permanently handicapped. "Mr Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the ideal home to honour his legacy", said Suzanne Smagala-Potts, PR Manager, Ripley's Believe It or Not!
In November 2014, Chillal's fingernails were measured in Pune City, Maharashtra, to have a combined length of 29.8 feet, with his thumb being the longest at 77.9 inches, according to Guinness World Records.
The Times Square museum in NY of the American franchise "Ripley's Believe It or Not" will hold a "nail clipping ceremony" for the octogenarian.
Shridhar Chillal's extraordinarily long nails have now gone on display at the Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum in NY.
The 82-year-old has been growing the nails on his left hand since he was 14, having been inspired to do so after a teacher told him off when he accidentally broke a very long nail the teacher had grown.
Despite his abnormally long nails: Chillal got married, had two kids, and worked as a government press photographer.
Though his fragile nails complicated many everyday activities, like sleeping, Chillal has led a mostly normal life. The Guinness World Record holder is now is finally ready to say goodbye to his nails.
Well, Shridhar. I hope you absolutely make the most of the rest of your life, no longer inhibited by your horrific nail situation. "Mr. Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the flawless home to honor his legacy", said Suzanne Smagala-Potts, a Ripley's representative. But, over six decades later, he's chose to cut them. The museum will host a "nail clipping ceremony" today where Chillal's nails will be cut. He had made it to the the Guinness Book of World Records in 2016 for having the "Longest Fingernails on a Single Hand Ever". He cannot open his hand out from a closed position or flex his fingers, as you can see in this picture.