By Haziq Qadri @haziq_qadri
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Videographer / director: Rare Shot
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Girdhar Vyas, 58, from Bikaner, Rajasthan, started growing his moustache in 1985 and is confident that his wonderful whiskers are the longest in the world.
He told Barcroft TV: “I have been doing a lot for my moustaches to make them large and strong and I know for sure that I have the longest moustaches in the world.”
And Vyas appears to be correct - as the previous record holder was Ram Singh, also from India, whose moustache measured a more modest 18.5 feet.
Committed Vyas goes through a complicated daily routine to maintain his titanic ‘tache.
He said: “It was very difficult for me to get it to 22 feet. This is not easy at all. It takes two to three hours grooming daily.”
“As soon as I wake up, the first thing I do is spread my moustache on the bed. Once I have done that I put some oil in a cup and I massage it with the oil. It takes around two hours to apply the oil.
“After that, I add lemon, and black pepper powder to it, and massage it in every evening. All this helps to keep my moustaches soft.”
And Vyas claims he will continue growing his fantastic facial fur forever.
He said: “I haven’t shaved my moustaches for the last 33 years and till the time I am alive, I won’t shave them.”
But having such a ludicrously long moustache does impact Vyas’s everyday life.
He said: “I am not able to eat everything. I have to eat selectively. I can’t even have an ice cream or I won’t be able to eat food without a spoon. I can’t eat a variety of things.”
Girdhar Vyas has been dubbed the ‘Moustache Man of India' by locals at his village.
He said: “People get baffled to see such a long moustache. People do call me with different names. At my village people call me ‘Moustache Man’.”
And Vyas has also occasionally been bullied and criticised for having such a long moustache.
He said: “I was bullied for having a long moustache. Some people believed that I was unhygenic because of my long whiskers. But it doesn’t matter to me.”
“Most of people do respect me. They love seeing me. Some people come to see me everyday.”
Vas also has a barber who takes care of his moustache every week.
He said: I have a friend who is a barber. He is the only person who takes care of my moustaches. I get some plot ends trimmed. I don’t let others do it.
"That is why the moustache doesn’t look scraggly."
His son Shiv Vyas feels proud of his dad.
Shiv said: Our whole family is proud of dad. People ask about our father. We definitely feel proud of him.
“No matter where I go am treated like royalty, just because of his moustache."
“Having long moustaches is the cultural trait of Rajasthan and our dad is keeping it.”
Vyas washes his moustache once a year but doesn’t apply any shampoo.
He said: “I don’t believe in using chemicals at all. I only apply curd and lemon.
“In order to keep my moustaches dry, I put them in a bag when I take a shower.”
Because of his long moustaches, people gather outside his house everyday.
He said: “People wait outside my house and once I leave, they come to take pictures with me. I don’t mind taking pictures with people.”
“They click pictures with me as if I am a celebrity. I feel good about it.
"People love me for having long moustaches.”