Shridhar Chillal

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Shridhar Chillall
Born 1937 (age 78–79)
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.

Redmond started growing her nails in late 1978 to early 1979 and although she had originally planned to have them cut off on November 22, 2006 (as she said on her guest appearances on a couple of talk shows), she chose to keep her nails after all. In the past few years, she made appearances on CBS News and at the Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum. One of her last appearances was at a fundraiser for the Salt Lake City fire department, where it was reported her nails were an average of 86-89 centimetres (34–35 in) in length.

During the time when she had her long nails, she enjoyed activities such as riding bikes with her younger sister Sierra, who had normal nails. She stated that, while certain activities such as putting on a heavy coat were troublesome, she managed her daily life without much difficulty. On the Guinness TV feature, she was shown driving a car, vacuuming, doing dishes, and giving haircuts to her grandchildren.

On February 10, 2009, her record-setting nails were broken off when she was ejected from a car in a four-car pile-up in Holladay, Utah. Her injuries were serious, but not life-threatening.[2][3]

In a Huffington Post story published on September 3, 2009, it was stated that: "Lee Redmond, who lost the fingernails in February, says it's now much easier to do things and her hands seem to fly with the weight of the nails gone. The 68-year-old won't grow her nails out again, saying it took 30 years the first time, and she may not live for another 30."[4] Her nails are currently about 10 centimetres (4 in) long, however He did not have any friends


  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.