Chillal tried to cut the nails himself with a clipper, despite the fact that his thumbnail looked like a legit tree branch, and unsurprisingly had little success.
The fingernails have been acquired by Ripley's, which will display them at the museum here.
"After 66 years of growth, record-breaker Shridhar Chillal from India has cut off his enormous fingernails - which will now go on display at @ripleysbelieveitornot in Times Square, New York, USA", the post said.
The teacher said Mr Chillal would never understand what it took to take care of long fingernails and the student set out to prove his teacher wrong, going on to dedicate his life to taking care of his claws.
Shridhar Chillal during his nail clipping ceremony.
The owner of the longest fingernails ever recorded on a single hand has had them cut after 66 years.
Before Williams, Christine Walton held the title from 2011 with nails measured at 19 feet and nine inches until she cut them off. Times Square, according to a media advisory.
Despite opposition from his parents, he said he would be able to work with one hand, eventually becoming a photographer with a customised handle to accommodate his nails when using the camera. "Mr. Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the ideal home to honor his legacy", Ripley's Suzanne Smagala-Potts, said. His nails didn't stop him from leading a normal life, however.
The length of his fingernails may have caused him health problems including loss of function in his left hand due to their weight and length, as well as his fingers being permanently fused together. In 2015, he told HuffPost India how hard it was to sleep with his long nails.
The Ripley's Believe It or Not! "Mr Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley's is the ideal home to honour his legacy", said Suzanne Smagala-Potts, PR Manager, Ripley's Believe It or Not!