Sarwate talks about it in his latest book 'Samvad Reshalekhakashi' (संवाद रेषालेखकाशी), 2012:
"....Padgaonkar was little stunned seeing himself wearing a loincloth and expressed it to the late S P Bhagwat , Bhagwat said 'lucky at least a loincloth is shown!'..."
("...आपल लंगोटीधारी व्यक्तिमत्व पाहून पाडगांवकरांना जरा धक्काच बसला व श्री पु भागवतांशी तसे ते बोलल्यावर भागवत म्हणाले होते 'नशीब लंगोटी तरी दाखवलीय!'...")
I was impressed with Bhagwat's sense of humour.
I wish Jaywant Dalvi (जयवंत दळवी) 'Thanthanpal' (ठणठणपाळ) were to be alive today. I wonder what he would have come up with on Mr. Padgoankar. Thanthanpal was very fond of Padgaonkar.
Finally, I too am glad that Sarwate showed the loincloth. You can't show a Padma awardee without one, can you?