"When I chose to cut my nails, it was hard for me to make this decision, but when I realized that after cutting my nails, my nails will be at Ripley's Believe It or Not! and they're going to maintain it very nicely and for a lifetime, then I felt like I was doing the right decision and that's why I chose to cut my nails", Chillal said.
It's the end of an era for the man who holds the world record for Longest Fingernails on One Hand.
The Times Square museum in NY of the American franchise "Ripley's Believe It or Not" will hold a "nail clipping ceremony" for the octogenarian.
The nails are now on display at the Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
Shridhar Chillal, an octogenarian from India, will finally perform an ordinary chore that he has not done in the last 66 years - cut his fingernails - the longest in the world. "If I had chose to cut my nails, I would not have a Guinness World Records title now". "Times Square", Ripley's Believe It or Not! He had made a decision to grow his nails when he was beaten up by his school teacher for breaking the teacher's long nail.
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"I was a little bit scared that my celebrity favor would go now, but today after coming here I realize that after this I have become a real celebrity", Chillal told Patch New York through an interpreter.
Chillal had requested that his cut nails be immortalised in a museum and the Ripley's Believe It or Not museum in Times Square responded positively.
When asked by Guinness World Records in 2015 how his nails affect his life, Shridhar said they were extremely fragile and he needed to take care when sleeping. "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 had not cut the fingernails on his left hand since 1952.
He told HuffPost India back in 2016 that he had difficulty moving thanks to his mighty claws.