Shridhar Chillal

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Shridhar Chillal
Born1937 (age 81–82)
OccupationRetired photographer

Shridhar Chillal (born 1938) is an Indian man who held the world record for the longest fingernails ever reached on a single hand, with a combined length of 909.6 centimeters (358.1 inches). Chillal's longest single nail is his thumbnail, measuring 197.8 centimeters (77.87 inches). He stopped cutting his nails in 1952.[1]

Although proud of his record-breaking nails, Chillal has faced increasing difficulties due to the weight of his finger nails, including disfigurement of his fingers and loss of function in his left hand. Nerve damage caused from the nails' immense weight has also caused deafness in Chillal's left ear.[2]

Chillal has appeared in films and television displaying his nails, such as Jackass 2.5.

On 11 July 2018, Chillal had his fingernails cut with a power tool at the Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum in New York City, where the nails will be put on display. A technician wearing protective gear cut the nails during a "nail clipping ceremony".[3]

See also[edit]

  • Lee Redmond, who held the record for the longest fingernails on both hands.


  1. ^ Swatman, Rachel (29 September 2015). "Check out the longest fingernails ever in Shridhar Chillal's Record Holder Profile Video". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  2. ^ Harding, Luke (11 December 2000). "Record fingernails go under the hammer". The Guardian. New Delhi. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  3. ^ Mahdawi, Arwa (12 July 2018). "Nails in the coffin: man with world's longest fingernails finally cuts them off". The Guardian. New York. Retrieved 12 July 2018.