Shridhar Chillal

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Shridhar Chillall
Born 1937 (age 79–80)
Pune, Bombay Presidency, British Raj
Occupation Retired photographer

Shridhar Chillal (born 1938) holds 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 their weight, 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 wishes his fingernails will eventually be preserved in a museum. Chillal makes appearances with his finger nails in tow, such as his cameo (with nails attached) in the movie Jackass 2.5.

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.