At a combined length of over 31 feet, his nails were about as long as a London double-decker bus or as high as a three-story building. But why did Shridhar grow them so long in the first place? Chillal's fingernail exhibit will be officially unveiled at Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Ripley's flew him to the United States for a special crew to use an electric dremel tool to slice off each nail. "If I had made a decision to cut my nails, I would not have a Guinness World Records title now".
Well, Shridhar. I hope you absolutely make the most of the rest of your life, no longer inhibited by your horrific nail situation.
Chillal tried to cut the nails himself with a clipper, despite the fact that his thumbnail looked like a legit tree branch, and unsurprisingly had little success. The teacher told the young Chillal that he would never understand how hard it was to take care of such long fingernails.
While Chillal kept the nails on his right hand trimmed, his record breaking nails on his left hand weighed heavily on his daily life.
The length of his fingernails may have caused him health problems including loss of function in his left hand due to their weight and length, as well as his fingers being permanently fused together.
But they weren't destroyed: Chillal ultimately did away with the nails after New York City's Ripley's Believe It or Not!
The Indian man who is the 2016 Guinness Book of World Records title holder for having the "Longest Fingernails on a Single Hand Ever" will finally be cutting his fingernails which he started growing in 1952. "With every heart beat all five fingers, my wrist, elbow and shoulder are hurting a lot and at the tip of the nail there's a burning sensation always", he told Guinness officials. The longest nail, from his thumb, is 77.8 inches. The Guinness World Record holder is now finally said goodbye to his nails in an emotional farewell.