The young guns of Bollywood have been bang on in firing their shots on the big screen, if the 2014 box office collections are any indication.

Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt
Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt are among the many young stars who have had a successful 2014. Pic/Rane Ashish

Fresh-faced actors set the box-office coffers ringing this year, marking the arrival of the new order in B-Town. What's better, they are willing to experiment through a variety of roles and genres, unlike their industry seniors who tend it play it safe. hitlist takes a look at some of the young actors who appear to be long distance runners...

Shraddha Kapoor, 25
Shraddha Kapoor, 25

Films in 2014: Two
Current project: 'ABCD 2'
Lowdown: Call it luck or sheer hard work, but the sprightly actress has had a whopper of a year. 'Ek Villain' was the second Rs 100-crore film for her, after 'Aashiqui 2'. She followed it up with 'Haider', which also did good business apart from earning critical acclaim.

Sidharth Malhotra, 29
Sidharth Malhotra, 29

Films in 2014: Two
Current project: 'Brothers' 
Lowdown: After a dream debut in the multi-starrer 'Student of the Year' in 2012, he had his solo release this year — 'Hasee Toh Phasee'. He was cast opposite Parineeti Chopra in the rom-com, which did average business at the box office. And then came 'Ek Villain' in which he played more of an anti-hero than a hero but the film catapulted him into the Rs 100-crore club.

Kriti Sanon, 24 and Tiger Shroff, 24
Kriti Sanon, 24 and Tiger Shroff, 24

The duo stepped into Bollywood with Sajid Nadiadwala's 'Heropanti'. The audience extended a warm welcome to them with their film breaking all debutant-starrer records for the first day as well as the opening week. Both of them have new projects for 2015.

Arjun Kapoor, 29
Arjun Kapoor, 29

Films in 2014: Two
Current project: 'Tevar', slated to release in January 2015
Lowdown: He started this year with the grungy and raw 'Gunday', which garnered decent collections and received appreciation. He made a complete switch in his next film, '2 States', playing an intelligent, urban dude, which not only added to his female fan following but also the box office numbers.

Alia Bhatt, 21
Alia Bhatt, 21

Films in 2014: Three
Current project: 'Shaandar'
Lowdown: She dared to go de-glam in Imtiaz Ali's 'Highway' and successfully so. Her last two releases, '2 States' and 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania' did massive business at the box office. She is considered among those few actresses who have the potential to shoulder a project on their own. Her crowd-pulling ability is obvious from the collection of her films.

Tough luck

Aditya Roy Kapur, 29
Aditya Roy Kapur, 29

His last release, 'Daawat-E-Ishq' failed to work at the box office. Nevertheless, he continues to be one of the most sought-after actors in the industry, his current project being 'Fitoor' opposite Katrina Kaif.