Chillal started growing his nails when he was just 14, after being scolded for breaking a teacher's nail.
Shridhar Chillal - from Pune, India - has been growing his fingernails since 1952.
The Ripley's Believe It or Not museum in Times Square hosted a "nail clipping ceremony" where the nails on Chillal's left hand were cut. The Guinness World Record holder is now is finally ready to say goodbye to his nails.
Chillal's teacher's words proved true, the world-record holder said he had to take delicate care of his nails and he took care of them for a lifetime.
Despite his abnormally long nails: Chillal got married, had two kids, and worked as a government press photographer. But why did Shridhar grow them so long in the first place? However, as he aged, his long nails were proving more challenging to maintain an ordinary lifestyle. When asked by Guinness World Records in 2015 how his nails affected his life, he said they were extremely fragile and he needed to take special care while he was sleeping. "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. They together stretched about 30 feet, or the length of a bus, before he finally had them cut on Wednesday. Ripley's has flown Chillal from India to the United States to cut his nails and forever memorialise them in a Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum.
"After being recognised by Guinness World Records, I felt like I had achieved the biggest goal in my life", Chillal said in the video. Due to the nails' weight over six decades, however, Chillal's left hand is permanently disfigured, leaving him unable to open his hand or flex his fingers. Museum in Times Square, where Chillal's severed talons will be put on display to the public.